• A
  • Jersey City, United States
  • 7 months ago

Flat head treatment?

My baby always sleeps with his head to one side and it’s impossible to move it over to the other side. He’s developed a flat head on that side. Our doctor told us to tuck a piece of foam or a blanket under his shoulder but we are a little concerned that might be hazardous for him when sleeping in his crib overnight. Does anyone have experience with this? Have you found anything that works?
  • B
  • Walnut Creek, United States
  • a month ago

Agree on checking if your baby has torticollis, in which case you can see a pediatric physical therapist to help give some exercises to increase baby’s range of mobility.

  • K
  • PA, US
  • 24 days ago

Absolutely definitely yes this! My kiddo had torticollis, diagnosed at 3mo, started Physical therapy at 4mo, flat head was gone by 6mo! Pt has helped her in so many more ways than just turning her neck, too - it helped me watch for future "unevenness" that can be associated with torticollis (using left hand more than right hand, rolling only to the left and not the right, etc) and correcting them as well as preventing more in the future! My little girl, currently 9 months of age, is now around the 11mo mark as far as her physical abilities go and I am confident it's because of her physical therapy! We didnt even need the helmet because we fixed her head so quickly! I absolutely absolutely believe in the efficacy of pt!

  • G
  • Mexborough, United Kingdom
  • 3 months ago

Does anyone know if the advice differs in the UK? I’ve been told that it will improve without treatment after 5 months when baby can sit etc but my daughter is now 9 months and although repositioning her at night has made it less extreme, there is still an obvious flatness. Really starting to worry now!

  • A
  • Standish, United States
  • 3 months ago

Our son has been going through the same thing. He will be 4 months on Friday. He has been going to PT for torticollis for about 2 months now. It has helped tremendously with his head silt but while being treated for this he did develop flatness on one side of the back of his head, Which has got be concerned because the flatness has not improved. I will be bringing it up at his 4 month checkup next week. I have a feeling he will have to end up wearing a helmet.

  • S
  • Noblesville, United States
  • 4 months ago

There are sleep wedges you can get through pedestrians offices that are completely safe for baby to have in the crib while sleeping. The other option is a shaping helmet!!! They’re awesome and work perfectly to reshape a flat head!

  • J
  • Manteca, United States
  • 5 months ago


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