2 month old with possible flat head syndrome.

Jamie - posted on 10/19/2011 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My daughter Maggie is 2 months old and the right side of her head is flat because it is the only side she will lay on. She has been doing this since she was born and the dr has had me doing neck exercises with her since she was a month old and it isn't helping yet. For some reason her head leans to the right side all the time when she is laying down, in her car seat or in her swing. She doesn't sit in one place to long and I try to turn her head the other direction everytime I put her down and it just falls right back over to the right within a minute or two. At her 2 month check up the dr said that when she is 4 months old if her head is still leaning when she is trying to sit up they will send her to a physical therapist and if her head is still flat she will probably have to wear a helmet to correct it. I have also noticed that when she has tummy time she doesn't lift her head straight up and she has a hard time lifting it at all. I was wondering if any other mothers are having these problems with thier babies and what are you doing to cope with it, or if anyone has been through this with another child. I guess all I am asking for is support. I'm praying it doesn't turn out to be anything serious and it will be easy to deal with in the long run.

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Hershey - posted on 10/22/2011

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my baby's turning 2 mos old this 25th, he also has his right side of his head flat but im not so worried because my nephews/nieces had the same issue when they were babies and it was corrected as they grew older. what ido with my son is try to lay his body facing left side and put a pillow on his back so he won't fall right back over to the right. at night i use a small pillow for him, a bit shallow in the middle so he won't be able to lay his head on his right side as much as often.

Ashley - posted on 11/16/2011

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my first had a terrible flat spot because i didn't rotate it like i should have (making sure it didn't stay on one side all the time) he's 3 1/2 now and still has a little bit of a flat spot but its been getting better and better since he started sitting up. the muscles on the one side can get tight which is why she prefers the one side. my son never had a helmet but listen to your gut. even when it disagrees with a ped. just keep turning her head and something i did that helped was find a toy or a mirror that she really likes and put it on the side she doesn't turn as motivation

Jamie - posted on 11/04/2011

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Update: Maggie is starting to lay on her left side of her head a little more now when she is in her bed and she is also trying to roll over from her back to stomach. I thank you all for your help and words of encouragement. I take her back for her 4 month check up Dec 12th and I will know more then on if she needs physical therapy and a helmet. Thank you all again for the feedback!

Amber - posted on 10/21/2011

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My two month old son is doing the same thing. It sounds like you were talking about him. Our Pediatrician said not to worry right now because there heads are not fussed together and it should fix itself. My first son had that happen and he is ok now. Just keep repositioning the head.

Amis3565 - posted on 10/19/2011

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I'm currently having the exact same issue with my 2 month old daughter! My husband is totally stressed out. Our son had the same issue, but we were able to correct it our selves at home by keeping his head straight when he slept at night. I'm hoping that we'll be able to do the same for our daughter, but she seems to be way more stubborn! I fully feel your concerns. But I do know that it is fixable and just keep at it.

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Rhiannon - posted on 11/07/2011

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From what I know a lot of tummy time will correct it. Holding her through out the day will help. Put her on a boppy to support her head. My little one has a flat spot too. They should get rid of it once they start sitting up on their own. Of course my daughter starting holding her head up right away. One of our first babies to do so. I think every child is different that way. I pray that she will be fine. I would definitely wait till a little longer though on it. Again tummy time is really big for their age.

Engy - posted on 11/06/2011

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put a pillow on her right side so she doesn't have a chance but to turn her head the left hand side

Anna - posted on 11/01/2011

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Hi! I just had this issue addressed with my doctor as I noticed my sons right side was a bit flat. She asked if he was a big baby initially, and I said he was 8lbs6oz. She said they considered that big (although he was my smallest out of three lol) and said that sometimes in the womb their head dangles a bit because its heavy and doesn't allow some neck muscles to fully develop. Anyway this can cause the baby to favor one side over the other. She recommended he go to physical therapy so i'm working on getting him in there. Its minor right now. I would ask about physical therapy and if they think its right for baby. I also found a boppy support pillow from Babies R Us that is designed to help keep babies head off a flat surface.

Ashley - posted on 10/29/2011

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My baby girl was doing the same thing constantly laying her head on one side i got her out of that habit by laying her pn her side since she had a tendency to roll anyways it wasn't a problem so i would suggest laying her on her side and rotating every 30 or 40 mins then soon like my little one she'll be moving on her on good luck and stay strong

Stephanie - posted on 10/26/2011

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My son is having the same issues. My pediatrician told me to just turn his head whenever I see him facing right. I mainly only do it when he sleeps because this is the only time he will keep it that way for any significant amount of time. His Dr. didn't seemed overly concerned. He's also having trouble lifting his head at tummy time and only looks to the right when on his tummy. But he's trying and getting better as time goes on. Some babies don't do anything but lay there and cry, so I'm not overly worried.
If in a month or two Maggie isn't progressing any, talk to your pediatrician again. Tell them how concerned you are. They are there to explain things to you, not just keep a chart on your daughter. With my son's first pediatrician I didn't feel comfortable asking questions and expressing concerns, he made me feel like I was wasting his time, so I decided it was time to switch and I have a much better relationship with his new Dr. If you're feeling this way maybe you should interview new Dr.s?
I'm not overly worried because this is baby #2 and #1 is special needs. Pretty much anything my son does is cake compared to that lol!

Katie - posted on 10/24/2011

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My daughter (3 months on the 1st) totally favors her right side as well! However, when we position her head to left facing, she does keep it that way. With my son (now 2.5), his head seemed a bit flat, so we bought one of those sleep positioners (where there's two cushiony sides that baby lies in between) and we would lay him on his side at night. Now I'm pretty sure that doctors would discourage doing this, but I was so worried about it, I thought we'd try it. My son's head turned out just fine, whether it was from that or because it wasn't a big deal in the first place, who knows.
If your doctor doesn't seem too concerned about it, then I would think that it's not a "big" deal. Although I would also say that if it is truly bothering you that much, I'd look into getting a second opinion even if it's more for your comfort (if they say the same thing). I wouldn't worry about it and see how it goes at the next check-up. "Us" mom's tend to worry, worry, worry way too much! :)

Jennifer - posted on 10/23/2011

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I'm sure it's nothing serious Jamie and that the problem will be corrected soon enough. As long as she's happy and otherwise healthy I'd try not to dwell on it. You're only so worried because you're an awesome mum :)

Jamie - posted on 10/19/2011

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Thank you. My husband isn't worried at all. I on the other hand stress about everything since we lost our daughter May 2010 when I was 21 weeks pregnant. I know that if this is, only issue we have then that is a blessing. Thank you again.

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