my son has slept on his back since he was born, he is now six months old, and his head is flat in the back, has anyone else had this happen and does it stay that way even when they are older?

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Alyssa - posted on 06/17/2011

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My son is 4months and he has a flat head in the back I told the doctors but. They said next time wee ho that they might have to put a helmet on. Would the helmet cause any promblems later

Jessica - posted on 02/25/2009

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My Mom said that when I was an infant I had a cone head, haha. She said she just kept rubbing the problem area gently with her hand in a circular motion and it fixed it. Hope this works!

Melissa - posted on 02/25/2009

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It's called Plagiocephaly. My son had torticollis at birth and would only sleep on one side on his back no matter how we tried to switch him around to get him off of it so he ended up with a pretty decent flat spot. We noticed it pretty early on and the Drs kept telling us no big deal it will fix itself. Well after the billionth time of bringing it up (it was pretty bad) our Dr finally sent us to a specialist. He ended up needing physical and helmet therapy. He was 7 months old by the time we got to that point. Makes me mad because I noticed it very early on (at a couple months old) and at the 7th month mark we have missed out on valuable time for correction. He should of been in the helmet and PT as soon as I brought it to the Drs attention. Anyway, we did a year of PT and four months of the helmet and after talking to the specialist stopped because we were getting no correction. (we did get some the first week) We had missed out on getting better correction while his skull was softer because the Dr kept telling us it will be fine when I knew it would not. I'm a little grumpy about it if you can't tell. My son is now almost four. His head is still pretty misshapen. Everyone says they don't notice unless I say something so that is good. He doesn't seem to get headaches and I hope it stays that way. I would strongly recommend talking to your Ped. about his head. If you think it is bad don't back down if the Dr says he will grow out of it. He might, but in my son's case he didn't and his was a moderate case of Plagio. I'm not trying to scare you or anything, it's just he's at the point where his skull is starting to harden up. Like I said some babies heads will correct, but there are some like my son's that didn't. I'd at least look into it. I hope this helps?

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C - posted on 10/04/2012

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If I had it all to do over again I would have done the helmet. My daughter is a beautiful 12 year old with a flat head on one side. It is annoying when she wears a ponytail and is noticable when you look closely. I have a little regret and guilt for listening to all the doctors that told me it would work itself out. :(

Alyssa - posted on 06/17/2011

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My son is 4months and he has a flat head in the back I told the doctors but. They said next time wee ho that they might have to put a helmet on. Would the helmet cause any promblems later

Tina - posted on 02/27/2009

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Yeah we mentioned it to the doctor at his 4 month check up and he told me to make sure you are letting him turn his head to the right... have most of the activity in that direction so he turns toward it... sometimes he does have his head turned to the right but i think he just prefers to the left and hes usually like that when he wakes up. thanks for the advice!

Melissa - posted on 02/27/2009

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Quoting Tina:



yes what is up with that? my son has a flat spot on the back of his head he even has some hair missing in this spot from sleeping on his back but i am afraid to put him down on his tummy hes been sleeping on his back since he was a newborn. He isnt ready i dont think cause he cant roll himself over from tummy to back just yet. My son also seems to sleep with his head turned to his left which also concerns me. So we tried putting him on the other side of the crib so he would sleep turning his head the other direction and still sleeps to the left. Anyone else have this prob?





He might have Torticollis (a tight muscle in his neck).  The tort makes the muscle tight and a little shorter and will cause them to only turn their head one way all the time.  Does he do it when he is being held upright too?  Tort can be corrected with Physical Therapy.  My son had Tort at birth.  It was caused from how he was positioned in utero.  We did a year of PT starting around 6 moths old.  He was delayed in rolling over, crawling and walking. (only by a bit though)  He did a lot of hard work in PT and at almost 4yrs old is perfectly fine now.  He also got Plagiocephaly from only turning his head one way so he only slept on one side no matter how we tried to turn him. You can read my post about that a couple up from here.  :o)  You should get a sleep positioner and see if that will help if you haven't already. You can try rolled up blankets under the sheet to help keep him on his side too.   I'd mention it to his Dr at his next appointment if it's something you are concerned about.  :o)

Tina - posted on 02/27/2009

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yes what is up with that? my son has a flat spot on the back of his head he even has some hair missing in this spot from sleeping on his back but i am afraid to put him down on his tummy hes been sleeping on his back since he was a newborn. He isnt ready i dont think cause he cant roll himself over from tummy to back just yet. My son also seems to sleep with his head turned to his left which also concerns me. So we tried putting him on the other side of the crib so he would sleep turning his head the other direction and still sleeps to the left. Anyone else have this prob?

Ashley - posted on 02/27/2009

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i had this thing that i bought at walmart that is suppose to keep them from rolling around and suffocating. its awesome. i used it on both my babies.  http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.d...  and its awesome. anyways i would move the velcro and make it a little snugger and put my babies on their sides and back. alternating each nite. if they slept one way one nite, then i'd turn them the next nite. they have very round heads now ;)

Dana - posted on 02/25/2009

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My son's head was flat at the back and more on the right.  He also had some heightening as well in the back.  It was recommended to us to get him a head band which we did through Cranial Technologies.  Thank goodness that our insurance covered this as it would have been horribly expensive.  I am glad we did it, as his little head is very normal now, but perhaps it would have been anyway.  He got the band at 3 months and wore it for nearly 6 weeks. It was more traumatic for us than him I think.  The word band is a bit incorrect, as it is a full fledged helmet in my opinion.  In any case, I am glad we did it, and he is good now at nearly 11 months old.  The people we dealt with at Cranial Technologies in Las Vegas were fantastic.  Top notch.

Llayne - posted on 02/25/2009

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my daughter



has same thing but on her right side and shes now 12 years old and still is slighty flat an can see it but it don't bother her......

Kim - posted on 02/25/2009

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My son Liam was in a helmet for about 9 month and the change was amazing!!!! After the initial few days, he didn't really care about it. The worst part about it is that in the summer it does tend to get rather hot under the helmet. Definately exercise all the options before doing it though. My friends son had the same issue and they just let it fix itself and he looks fine.

Kristy - posted on 02/25/2009

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If you are worried, I would recommend seeing your doctor. 



My son is 13 months and has been in a remolding helmet since he was 9 1/2 months.  Logan has moderate to severe flattening of one side of his head, a shift in his ear along with the beginning of flattening in his eye socket.  Originally we had started with the non-evasive methods (massage, shifting of positions, extra tummy time, etc) to try to reshape his head, however it didn't work for us.



Logan has had his helmet since October and the difference in his head, ear and eye is remarkable.  Having to wear the helmet isn't as bad as one might think.  Check out for more info.  There is lots of info about different types of flattening, ways to correct, and the helmets that can be used if necessary.



 

Nicole - posted on 02/25/2009

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My son has a flat spot on back of his head from always being on his back as a baby, I turned his head all the time like the said. Now he is 5 years old, and he still has that flat spot. Ask the doctor what they think about it. My doctor said he was fine.

Lora - posted on 02/25/2009

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Working in a rehab facility, I see kids come in to see the physical therapist about this. I would definitely recommend talking to your pediatrician because a minor thing can become serious if it is not evaluated. I always like to think that it is better safe than sorry. Good luck, and if your child does need a doc band (the helmet) you can decorate them really cute!! I have seen some awesome ones!!

Linda - posted on 02/25/2009

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I am so sorry that you have had some scares from moms about this question. Wearing a helmet just seems so obscure to me. Both of my children slept on one side and my doctor said that that was completely normal. An infants head is forming for many, many months. I was told by professionals that their heads are very flexible. My son's head, (which i was concerned about at the time) looked like he was somewhat of an alien. This condition is very, very normal. Remember what happens when they come out of the birth canal...their heads are very resiliant. I would not worry!

Melissa - posted on 02/25/2009

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at 6 mos. he should be ok. his head is still forming. start more tummy time. they have those sleeping wedges so he can sleep on his side, and just alternate sides everynight. if you don't want to spend money on a wedge rolling up recieving blankets works just as well.

Shanna - posted on 02/25/2009

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Quoting Shanna:



He may need to where a special helmet to remold his head depending on the severity ot his head. It can lead to problems later when he starts walking. You need to have this examined ASAP before his skull gets hard. There is still time if you do this quickley.






Not trying to alarm you but you should have it checked out by your doctor if caught in time if is very fixable and no big deal



 

Mary - posted on 02/25/2009

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Well...my son has a flat head in the back and the nurses at the health clinic said if I didn't do something about it  his head would stay that way....Jayden is now 7 months old and his head is still flat....the doctor said his case wasn't bad but some need to wear a helmet to correct it....I would talk to your doctor about it and make sure your sons case isn't to severe.



I guess it is very common now and there are alot of babies with flat heads. Jayden's head will be flat in that spot forever...makes me feel bad but as long as it isn't going to hurt him I will live with it.

Wendy - posted on 02/25/2009

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my son laid on his back all the time but at an angle so he had a flat spot on the side of his head.  the doctor told me to rub his head cause it is still moldable at this point.  my son is now 3 and he just has a slight odd shaped head, not noticable at all unless its pointed out. he will be fine!

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It actually can cause problems as an adult if it isn't treated. My first daughter had a flat spot forming, so I took her to the physical therapist so he could do a few tests. He told us that it can cause headaches and other problems as an adult. He recommended using a sleep positioner and laying her on a different side each time I put her down. It got rid of her flat spot in a month or so. We did this with our second daughter from the start. She is 2 months now and her head is perfectly round....it really works.

Shanna - posted on 02/25/2009

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He may need to where a special helmet to remold his head depending on the severity ot his head. It can lead to problems later when he starts walking. You need to have this examined ASAP before his skull gets hard. There is still time if you do this quickley.

Candace - posted on 02/25/2009

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what helps is if you rotate your child every hour durning like nap time or what not and when there up massage the scalp and that will help it go into a circle faster

Kelly - posted on 02/25/2009

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My 1 yr old son had a flat head from sleeping lying on his back, he now sleeps on is tummy (which I think from memory he started doing around 6 months), and it has pretty much corrected its self, certainly not noticeable enough to worry us now. I f you are worried you could speak to your Doctor or Health Visitor.

Alysa - posted on 02/25/2009

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My little boy turned a year in December. He was in the hospital alot with respiratory issues and normally slept in his car seat or swing so he was upright. Made it through those difficult times at least. Anyways, The back of his head is still pretty flat. And his head percentile to age is like 100% so his doctor did a cat scan. everything was fine. She said not to worry about the size because it runs on his daddy's side of the family and that the flat spot should fix itself over time and if it doesn't, there wouldn't be any side effects.

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Now, I am not sure, but from what I understand about this its nothing that will cause him harm, but you do want to go talk to your doctor, my friends son now wear a helment sort of thing so his head is no longer being flatten by the bed,



I would go talk to your doctor



Good luck!

Terasa - posted on 02/25/2009

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supposed to be common and normal

think it goes away- nurses told me about it when mine was born

but ask them, doc, or community health nurse for more insight

no worries though baby is still healthy for sure

good luck on investigating

Sara - posted on 02/25/2009

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hi all of mine have done this and their heads are perfect not flat at the back at all dont worry its all normal

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