Babies with Plagiocephaly... can anyone relate?

Sara - posted on 12/29/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My 1 1/2 year old son was diagnosed with sever plagiocephaly (which is the flattening of the head), and torticollis when he was three months old. We had to take him to doctor who fitted him with a helmet and then we also took him to physical therapy. He had great results. But now that he is almost two we are starting to wonder if this is having an impact on learning to talk and communicate with talking. He knows about 30-40 words but cannot put two or more words together. For instance he can say bye but not go bye bye. He can say milk and please but be cannot say milk please. I was just wondering if anyone else has had children with plagiocephaly and if they in result have had problems with speech or other learning skills.

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Carrie - posted on 01/09/2010

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No pt for connor he did not need it. If you are concerned about his development contact ur doc and ask if they think he is. I can tell connor has it and people can tell when he has a hair cut and he has a bad calic so it always stands up. I am just worried about if he ever wants to play sports and helmets not fitting right and the increased risk of concussions.

Sara - posted on 01/04/2010

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Thank you so much... I had a girl before him and I felt that he was just sooo behind compared to her. Everyone has told me you can't compare your children, but it is hard not to sometimes. My daughter was always a talker and talked very well by 1 1/2 years of age. So for him not to be talking very well at 21 months I was a little worried about him. I am sorry to hear that the helmet therapy did not help Connor. My son's flat spot was on his right side and his ears to this day do not line up right either. But the doctor told me that they wouldn't. I am the only one who really notices it because I know. Did Connor do physical therapy or was that not needed? Thanks again for your response.

Carrie - posted on 01/02/2010

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My son had and still has it, we did the helmet therapy and did not work so well for us. The back of his head is still pretty flat his ears are almost centered on his head. The ears you cannot tell a difference any more. But I keep his hair long because you can tell on the back of his head. I do not think learning/ speech is impaired by it but Iwould talk to your pedi. Most boys I know are delayed in talking but that is a bot thing. Connor on the other hand never stops talking and talks to well for his age. He is 2.5 yr old and at 1.5 he was still not really puting words together he did if I encouraged but 30- 40 words is great for the age similar to how my son was. The closer he got to 2 he really started putting things together. I know a lot of people whos boys did not really start talking till 2 yrs old. I would not be very woried just work with him, a little more he will get it.

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