How do you fix a flat spot on the head?

Jennifer - posted on 07/20/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )




My son is almost 4 mos old, and he has a severe flat spot on the back right side of his head. Last month his doctor told me to switch him around in his crib so hell have to turn his head the other way to look at the interesting stuff. But he wont turn it! Hed rather stare at the wall than turn his head! He came out of me with his head turned to the side so i guess hes comfortable that way. His joints in his neck move fine, he just doesnt like to move them. They said that if he doesnt start turning it soon and rounding his flat spot theyll put a helmet on him to round out his head. I dont want my son to wear a helmet!!! Please! Any suggestions on how to fix this?!


Heather - posted on 07/20/2009




Did the Dr say anything about his neck? My son had the same problem at 2 months, and we are still trying to correct it. But he had problems with the right side of his neck, and it bothered him to look left. (like if you slept wrong and got a neck strain) My son was constantly looking to the right, and he has a flat spot now because of it. It was called Torticollis. We've been seeing a physical therapist since he was 2 1/2 months, and it's helped the progress of his flat spot slightly.

Don't wait too long though. Because once they hit the 6-7 month stage their skulls become less pliable...and harder to round out flat spots.

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Kelly - posted on 07/22/2009




I would also have to say that you should try the son was always lookin to one side and after the chiro he was fine.....

Brooke - posted on 07/22/2009




there is no way of actually getting rid of a flat spot. you can try to make it look even by rotating but other wise it will probably always be there.

Amanda - posted on 07/20/2009




My son has Torticollis too. My doctor has been having us do neck stretches with him. It really seems to be helping. We stretch him out every time we change his diaper and now after a little over a month he is doing much better! You would probably be able to find some diagrams online, but the stretches we've been doing are gently tilting his head so his ear touches his shoulder (or however far is comfortable) on both sides. And then we just rotate his head around gently to both sides. Our doc also told us to put toys on his car seat, crib, etc on the side that he needs to learn to turn to.
I really hope this helps!! Physical therapy is the next step for our little one too.

Amie - posted on 07/20/2009




Try laying him on his left hand side while he has his day sleeps so you can keep an eye on him i sleep my daughter on alternating sides for each sleep and it seems to be working so far for me also when he's awake if he keeps turning his head the same way lay him on his tummy and left hand side to keep the pressure off the flat spot. Good luck :-)

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