Flat Head syndrome?

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My daughter is 4 mos old and sleeps on her back (of course) and hates being on her belly. She is developing the whole flat head. This is upsetting to me. Suggestions? Should I be concerned? Will this last forever?

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My daughter has a little bit of a flat spot on the right side of her head. It was pretty bad when she was around 2 months old, she is now almost 4 months and it is improving. During the day try to keep her of the flat side, give her plenty of tummy time, carry her in different positions and try and limit time spent in swings , bouncy chairs and car seats. When in the car seat try putting a rolled up receiving blanket behind her head on the flat side, if you can put the rolled up blanket behind the fabric on her car seat.

Sarah - posted on 12/02/2009

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i would surguest tht you put a pillow behide her an lye her on her side or you can buy a cot pillow but you have to be very care full with those just in case baby rolls over x

Kathy - posted on 12/01/2009

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My daughter predominately turns her head right, sleeping or awake, so we had got a wedge thing thats supposed to help keep them alternating and it didn't work, we had her on it, head to the left got up to her head still on it, to the right...

Pia - posted on 11/30/2009

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Try and move his head onto the sides while he was sleeping but make sure you alternate which side or he'll develop a flat side of the head!
My son developed a flat head spot as well, but as soon as he could roll he began sleeping on his stomach (his choice not mine!). When he began crawling it evened out a bit as well because he wasn't spending so much time on his belly.
He's 17 months now and it's still not a perfectly round shape, but the nurses have said there's nothing wrong with it, and his hair covers it anyway. You can't even tell!

Stephanie - posted on 11/30/2009

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We propped my daughter with a rolled blanket so she wasn't completely flat on her back when she was a little baby but she always slept with her head to the side and alternated on her own so I'm not sure if that would help you too much.

Sharon - posted on 11/24/2009

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My boy had this too - I put his head at the other end of his cot - so he was turning differently - and its all good now, usually rights itself. but see someone if you are worried

Donna - posted on 11/24/2009

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Try to turn her head whilst she is sleeping, this is something we couldn't do as my son had a sore neck ( torticolis) So couldn't turn his neck! He does have a flat spot and it has improved now since he is crawling around everywhere. You can see your doc and talk about a helmet for her to wear they have to wear it 23 hours a day and apparently fixes the problem. My doc isn't too concerned with his flat spot so i just keep an eye on it.

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