• A
  • Jersey City, United States
  • 9 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?
  • K
  • PA, US
  • a month ago

Yes. He likely has torticollis, like my girl did. She was in physical therapy for about 8 months and her head is perfectly normal, youd never know she had plagiocephaly before, and her neck has equal range of motion both sides now!

  • M
  • Lincoln, Canada
  • a month ago

I went to my doc for this and then a pead and they said they won’t even offer the helmet anymore :/ we’re in a fairly rural area but its frustrating that they wouldn’t try to help fix it

  • C
  • Campbell, United States
  • a month ago

My son who is now 13 had a super flat head he never moved when he slept and I didn’t know to move his head around. We went to a place in Palo Alto, CA and they scanned his head and carved out a helmet out of foam. Worked amazingly well he has a perfectly round head now, only took three months but they said they’d never seen anyone’s head grow so fast. It was supposed to take 6months I think. Similar to helmets above. I felt like a failure and was embarrassed but my husband explained why should we be embarrassed were fixing the issue. We’re handing it like parents are supposed to handle things. He’s perfect now and was perfect then, just had a super flat head. 🤣

  • B
  • Walnut Creek, United States
  • 3 months 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
  • 3 months 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
  • 5 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!

  • C
  • Campbell, United States
  • a month ago

Ask for a specialist. The skull only hardens as it gets older. The only thing that makes the skull grow is the brain growing. That’s what they told me.

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