Help with Flat Head???

Michelle - posted on 02/27/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I was wondering if there were any good products that would help with flat head. My daughter is 2 months and she favors her left side of her head.

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Tracey - posted on 03/01/2009

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Everybody everywhere are different, Countrys cultures ect, Its worth getting a broad spectrum of advice , I did'nt want to unduly , & un-necessarly worry Michelle, but it's not to say to be flippant , just cautious, try all , & wait till she's a bit older before seeking medical intervention, it cant be nice for a young baby/ child to have to wear a helmet unless it is deemed necessary.

Tait - posted on 02/28/2009

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None of my ten children had a flat head, per se, but a few of them lost hair where they laid most often. They are all fine now! I was surprised that my brother's child had to wear a helmet, but since Michelle asked specifically about products that could help, I remembered this. I hadn't even read anyone else's suggestions. I do like your advice, Tracey, and it is what I would have done. I also like Shelly's advice; it seems to have worked for her family.

Shelly - posted on 02/28/2009

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Like Tracey said, babies bones are soft.  My mom said that my grandmother would always lay me and my siblings on our stomache on her lap and gently rub our head in a circular motion.  She said it would stimulate hair growth and give us a nice round head.  My mom swears that is the reason we all have such thick hair.  I tried it with my oldest because her head was getting flat on the back.  She refused to sleep on her sides or stomach.  It seemed to work with her.  I noticed after a few weeks it wasn't flat anymore.

Tracey - posted on 02/28/2009

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Depending where you live, health issues differ. In the UK,( where i live), you are advised to do what I said the first time. Wearing helmets proves the point that babies bones are soft & plyable, So the points made about gently re positioning the babies head is a viable comment & worth heeding. Here you are advised babies sleep on their backs, im sure as she gets older & moves around more it will sort itself out,.
Alicias ' observation on muscle tightness is also a valid point, & worth keeping an eye on. Let us know how you get on.
Regards Tracey.

Tait - posted on 02/28/2009

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Quoting Michelle:

Help with Flat Head???

I was wondering if there were any good products that would help with flat head. My daughter is 2 months and she favors her left side of her head.


My brother's son had a special helmet that he wore to keep his head from being flat.  Talk to your pediatrician about it.  My brother lives in Brooklyn, NY, USA

User - posted on 02/28/2009

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If you notice that your child is always facing that way or to the front but rarely in the other direction there may be something wrong with the muscles, sometime this happens if they've been stuck in the one position for a long time in the womb. Speak to a physical therapist who can give you some excerises to do. I hope all goes well.

User - posted on 02/28/2009

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If she is favoring one side ask you Ped about Torticollis on her left-side. This can eventually lead to Plagiocephly. The earlier you catch this the faster it can be resolved. Ask to see a physical therapist. Hope this helps.

Mary - posted on 02/27/2009

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Carry your baby more!  Invest in a good carrier that you can wear front or back (I highly recommend the Ergo, but a good wrap or sling will do just fine).  I carried my babies quite a bit, and noe of them got flat heads.  They love being able to watch what you are doing and stay close to mom!

Caitlin - posted on 02/27/2009

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move your babies head around and make sure they sleep on different sides.  my baby has a slightly flat head.  He is past help.  I know there are helmets they can wear.  Start early with the moving though. 

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Jacquelyn has given you some good ideas. Another thing to do is persist with tummy time. That way the back of her head isn't flat against a surface. We've used all sorts of things to make it more interesting for our son ... lay him across a feeding pillow, use a rolled up towel (or long skinny toy) under his chest.



And when you play with your daughter on the floor, encourage her to look the opposite way to what she likes - place yourself & all toys on this side.



Our son likes to look at the wall when in his cot, so we have a toy attached to the bars on the other side. And if he's deeply asleep we will carefully reposition his head (if he's relaxed enough to let us get away with it).



Also, you could contact the physiotherapy department at your local hospital. I know that ours deal with babies with these kinds of problems.

Jacquelyn - posted on 02/27/2009

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Its most likely Positional Plagiocephaly. But have a doctor confirm sometimes it can be something more serious. A simple way to prevent your baby from getting a flat head is to change the position of the baby’s head each day.
babies like to have something interesting to look at, they tend to turn their head to look out into their room rather than toward the wall. This way they can see you as you come and go.

Here’s how you can change the position of your baby’s head while still giving her the same ‘view’.

* One day, place your baby with her head at the head of the crib.
* The next day, place your baby with her head at the foot of the crib.
* Each day, alternate your baby’s orientation in the crib.
* Check to make sure that your baby is always looking out into the room.

You might also put a mobile on the side of the crib facing the room to encourage your baby to look that way.

This doesn't always work my son always laid the same way and eventually he was fitted with a corrective helmet he wears it 23 hours a until his is one year of age.

Tracey - posted on 02/27/2009

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Dont worry, babies bones are soft they sort themselves out. If you are worried ,just roll a baby blanket & tuck it slightly under her head on the favoured side keeping the pressure off the side, make sure she cant put her nose & face into it though. She is still very young, & will eventually move around more, evening things out.

Most of us did this at birth, you dont see many flat headed people walking about! Hope this has helped curb your fears. Take care, & enjoy your baby.

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