My baby is three months and nine days. He is having very odd head shape. I tried from day one for the perfect head shape. but he always moved on one side. What should i do now? Is

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Rupali - posted on 02/10/2012

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When I consulted doctor, he said it take one year to get the perfect shape of head. Nothing is required to be done. It will be self corrected by one year. What your experience says about this opinion? Do you all feel the same?

Belinda - posted on 02/10/2012

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at 3 months old he is too young for exercauser, bumbo etc, more tummy time is the answer, that and consider getting a sling so that you are holding him and he isn't on his back all the time.

Brianna - posted on 02/09/2012

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ok so my daughter had a flat head on the back of one side. i noticed it at 1 month of age. first thing u have to no if regular doctors are stupid when it comes to this and often tell u it will be fine until its to late to fix it. u must tell ur doctor u want a referral to a head shape specialist. honestly i made the dr send me to the specialist and the second the specialist walked into the room she instantly new the problem she said my daughter had a head tilt (the head tilt was not noticable at all but the specialist knows exactly what to look for) the tilt was slight and caused by a injury from birth. so she didnt have full funtion of neck so she alway turned her head teh one way. to fix it i had to keep her off the flat spot and had to do special excerises with her.

Cynthia - posted on 02/09/2012

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i think more tummy time is good for all babies. tummy time will make him strong and help with his flat head.

sherri is right. the baby does not have to be able to sit to get the weight off his head.

Sherri - posted on 02/09/2012

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I explained already put him in a walker, johnny jumper, bumbo chair, exersaucer anything that will keep him upright and not on his head.

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Dianne - posted on 02/14/2012

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also if you can find a really good chiro with plenty of child experience that can also help as it may be he is uncomfortable on the other side so avoids it, my chiro is fantastic and i have no issues taking my son to see him whenever he has issues (first time was 2wks old now 2yo) such as he was rubbing the back of his head bald at one stage, one visit and this stopped straight away as it was due to his neck being out, hair took ages to grow back though lol

Lorraine - posted on 02/12/2012

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Hi. I agree with the comments regarding keeping him off his head as much as possible and when he is sitting or lying down with his head against a surface use a baby flat head pillow which will significantly reduce the pressure on his head and give the flatter side a chance to round out.



Your baby is young enough for this to have a good chance to correct with some simple repositioning techniques. I would recommend getting a sleep positioner so that you can gently encourage him to face the other way when sleeping.



There is a really good website with lots of useful information on how to prevent and treat baby flat head including advice on which flat head pillow and sleep positioner to buy ( as some are safer and more effective than others). Have a look at http://babyflathead.co.uk.

Hope this helps

Rainster

Rupali - posted on 02/10/2012

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when I consulted doctor, he said that it will take one year to get perfect shape of head. Nothing is required to be done. By one year it will be self corrected. What your experience say about this opinion? Do you all feel the same?

Sherri - posted on 02/10/2012

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@ Belinda not necessarily my kids used a walker and johnny jumper and could sit supported by that age. As long as their neck muscles can hold up their head there is no reason these items can't be used.

Jenni - posted on 02/10/2012

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My son had the most beautiful round head as an infant but my daughter had a bit of a flat head.



Tummy time as others have posted. Keep him off his head as much as possible. Carry him in a baby carrier. Avoid swings or anything where he is resting on head. Don't put him to sleep on his tummy yet, he's still too young. But just pay special attention to the times he's awake and be sure he's not resting on his head too much.



It's nothing to be too concerned about. Babies' heads are soft and impressionable. It's easy to correct. My daughter's head is still flatter than my son's but you don't even notice it with her hair now.

Bonnie - posted on 02/10/2012

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It's not odd at all. Babies have very sensitive, soft heads and they are known to want to spend more time on one side over the other. This is why when he is not sleeping you need to try to keep him off his head and when he is going to sleep try to change positions.



In the end, hair helps hide a lot. Plus the fact that just because his head is in that shape now, doesn't mean it will stay that way. It could bounce back a bit on it's own as well.

Rupali - posted on 02/09/2012

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he cannot sit. so how i can avoid him keeping lying down? While laying down he feels comfortable at that side only. if I forcefully keep him on alternate side, he comes on his side again. For your second son, was that very odd? Didn't you tried all methods on him? will the thick hair be able to hide very odd shape?

Bonnie - posted on 02/09/2012

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I agree with Sherri. During the hours he is awake, don't keep him laying down. When you put him to bed at night, try to remember to alternate the end of the crib you place him at. This will help. It may not solve the situation completely, as it didn't for my second son, but it will make a difference. When we went through us, our doctor informed us that once his hair comes in thicker you will barely be able to notice. It is very true.

Kaitlin - posted on 02/09/2012

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Like the other mommas have said, a little flatness or odd shape is totally normal. But, in a few cases, it needs a little help correcting itself, in which case a doctor will check out your little one and give you a (rather cute) little helmet for him to wear. My cousin had one for her son- it reallly isn't a big deal. Check with your doc if your really concerned, but it shouldn't be a big issue!

Cynthia - posted on 02/09/2012

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usually this corrects its self but in bad cases of flat head the baby wears a helmet for a long time.make ur baby change positions as often as you can. they say this can change the babys face and even changes vision.

Sherri - posted on 02/08/2012

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During waking hours keep him off his head at all. Put him in a walker, exersaucer, johnny jumper, Bumbo chair etc. If you do this it should self correct itself.

Elfrieda - posted on 02/08/2012

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My dr wasn't concerned, either, but I took my son to get massaged anyway.

Rupali - posted on 02/08/2012

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baby massager also said that u keep him on opposite side but he doesnt take that side.

Elfrieda - posted on 02/08/2012

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Does he curl a bit like a comma? If you take him to a baby massager, she'll straighten him out. My son did that at first. I think it's because he was so cramped inside me (he was overdue and pretty long), he just had a crick in his neck. After a few sessions, he lay straighter.

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