what is something new that i can try for my five month old babys flat head to get in shape?

Ruby - posted on 02/28/2012 ( 25 moms have responded )

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my son was born premature at 37 weeks and doctors had to force him out with metal pinchers and his head had not been forming right my doc said that it would go back to normal in a month but its been five now he said that its nothing and its mild but in my eyes its not he needs to get it fixed befor it gets worse any one has any suggestions on what i should do to help my som

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Jennifer - posted on 03/02/2012

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to the moderator warning i do not see anyone abusing the question . the recomendation is that if you dont hear an answer find a 2nd oppinion or find a new dr thre is nothing wrong with that it is still answering the question

Lisa - posted on 03/01/2012

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Turn him upside down for say 30 seconds(tilt him backward with support), just to get some blood flowing into his head, do this a couple times a day, it will reset the plates in his head called cranials, this is a midwife/chiropractor trick to get a cone head back to round. We did this after my daughters birth and by the time we went home, her head was perfectly rounded. If it doesn't fix, you will end up with a helmet type thing. Also, think about how they are upside down in the womb, this will not hurt him at all, just don't keep him upside down too long :)

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Jamie - posted on 03/15/2012

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I would get a 2nd opinion for sure. Time is of the essence when it comes to correcting a baby's head shape. So no matter what is ultimately decided, it needs to be sooner than later.



If he doesn't have any neck problems, and it's strictly the shape of his head that is the issue, then ultimately you need referred to a pediatric plastic surgeon for the final assessment. Even if he does have neck issues, you need referred to plastics for the head shape, but the neck issue would also involve physical therapy.



Plastics didn't make sense to me at first, but they assess head, neck, face, hand deformities in babies and that is who prescribed a cranial molding helmet for our 2nd child. Both of our children had a misshapen head due to torticollis (stiff neck). With the first one, once the neck issue was taken care of her head rounded out on it's own, but with the 2nd one, the head shape did not get better on its own so we got the helmet. Which she is still wearing now, she is 8 months old, and it's working great.



Let me know if any of that didn't make sense. Bottom line... get another opinion.

Ruby - posted on 03/08/2012

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thank you all i will try to look for a specialist as soon as possible all your advice was really helpful

Lorraine - posted on 03/06/2012

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My son also suffered from having a flat head and was born at 36 weeks. Baby flat head is common in premature babies as their bones harden in the last couple of weeks in the womb.



We used a flat head pillow and sleep positioner which I would really recommend and our son's head rounded out perfectly. Basically a flat head pillow takes the pressure off his head and enables the flattened area to round out, use it all the time whenever your son is sitting or lying down.



Be careful which pillow and positioner you buy as they vary in effectiveness and safety. Have a look at http://babyflathead.co.uk which has lots of information on this including tips and advice on flat head pillows and positioners



Also, it would be worth making an appointment with a helmet clinic, most of them offer free initial consultations so at least you will know how severe the assymetry is. Often it appears far worse to the parents than it actually is and they will not advise a helmet if it is not necessary. Be wary of just believing your doctor, I have read many comments from people whose doctor told them not to worry and it would correct itself, sometimes it does if it is mild enough but other times it does not and the earlier you take action the better. Once the sutures are closed in your son's skull any headshape will be permanent. Best time for a helmet is 4 to 6 months.



Hope this helps

Rainster

Melissa - posted on 03/04/2012

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My son's head was very flat on one side in the back when he was born due to how he layed when he was inside. Not long after he was born I began to gently massage the back of his head in a circular motion using my palm for several months and over time it lost the slant and is even with the other side.

Michelle - posted on 03/03/2012

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@ Jennifer, I deleted the post.



ETA: The post I deleted was attacking the posters writing style and did not mention a way to help. The posts saying to get a 2nd opinion are fine because that's what I would suggest as well.

Leslie - posted on 03/03/2012

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Oh- and that's not my chiropractor. So, I'm not trying to advocate for him. I just thought it would be helpful for you to see the procedure.

Leslie - posted on 03/03/2012

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I had twins, and they were full size, so they were very crowded at 37 weeks. To assist with the natural reshaping of the skull that your doctor talks about, I went to a chiropractor to have cranial adjustments done. I know that this sounds outrageous, but here's a video showing the procedure on a baby that looks about 8 months old.







So, I recommend finding a pediatric chiropractor in your area that does this. At least get a free consultation, and learn about it for yourself, so you can make an informed decision. Listening to other moms is useful, but do your own research too. Then, whatever decision you make, you'll know that you did the best for your kid based on the knowledge that you had.

Heather - posted on 03/02/2012

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My son always preferred to sleep with his head to the same side. He's 3 now and his head is still flat in one spot. It doesn't bother him, or affect any thing else about him. Now that he has hair you can't even tell. Don't worry about it, there are too many other important things in life to be concerned about.

Trudi - posted on 03/01/2012

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I had my son at 37 weeks with forceps so I think I know exactly what you are talking about. My sons head looked like it was off center and the "front" of his head was more in line with his right eye. My paediatrican recommended sleeping with a folded hand towel underneath his right shoulder (reverse this if your son's front looks more to the left) to elevate him just slightly and cause the head at the back to align.



It worked over a month or so. He did give me a info sheet on it, but not sure if I still have it somewhere. If I do I will find the technical name for it and you can look it up.



My paed did say it would probably resolve itself in time but I didnt want to take the risk as it looked wierd( but probably only to me) :)

Kester - posted on 03/01/2012

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My son was born with a really bad cone head he also had to be delivered with forceps. I had to make him lay on the back of his head. I used one of those things to keep baby's on there back only I would place his head in it. He hated it. I also used very thin baby blankets. I used those when I could see him. Once he started sitting up his head started to round its self out.

Michelle - posted on 03/01/2012

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Please stick to answering the OP's question. We aren't here for critisism.



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Naomi - posted on 03/01/2012

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I have no other advice but to say that if you don't like the answer your doctor has given, and you think things are not right, then seek a second opinion. Its worth it to get an answer that you feel comfortable with. One thing you don't want to do is kick yourself later and wish you had done more.

Ania - posted on 03/01/2012

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My daughter had a flat head on one side as she slept on that side all the time. My pediatrician recommended moving her head to the other side once she was asleep and do some exercises to lengthen the neck muscles on that side by gently turning her head as these shorten resulting in the baby preferring that side and being uncomfotable on the other side and not to worry too much as their skulls still change shape until they are 4 years old. I am from Australia and he told me that the helmets that some people mentioned are used quite commonly in the US but not generally recommended for babies here as normally the head will naturally regain it's shape by age 4 as long as you continue to encourages sleeping in a variety of positions. You just have to be willing to live with it- it does not cause the child any discomfort.

Catherine - posted on 03/01/2012

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My son was born with a flat head. He was positioned inside me funny. I took him to a pediatric chiropractor to fix any alignment problems with his neck and spine. He stopped turning his head to that side after a few treatments. With his flat head I was told if its severe enough they will put them in a special helmet to fix it while his head grows. He is 3 now and it isn't very visible. My little girl was just born favouring one side and I immediately took her to the chiro and have prevented the flat head. I think you should get a pediatrician to look at it. Your little guy sounds like he had a hard birth which can be traumatic on the spine.

Teri - posted on 02/29/2012

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When my daughter was a baby, she would always sleep on one side of her head so that side of the head got very noticably flat. I tried putting her in different positions to sleep, but she would always end up back on the flat side. Of course I was concerned, but eventually, it evened out on its own as she got older. Dont worry! It just needs a little time! =)

Emily - posted on 02/28/2012

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My nephew had a very lopsided head for almost a year.. But then things just straightened out as his head grew larger. I wouldn't worry too much :)

Ruby - posted on 02/28/2012

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he hates laying on his back now he loves sitting up andd moving around and hes been doing that since he was 3 months and his head wouldd look like it was going into shape but on his left sde its not shaped right i tried pillows and all my doctor said that his head wil get its shape that his head is still forming i have and appointment coming up fr his 6month check up n shots n seee what the doc says

Emily - posted on 02/28/2012

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What does the doctor say? In severe cases, babies sometimes need special helmets.... but typically, it will just work out over time as their heads grow.



One thing I would definitely do is make sure he's not lying on his back a lot. Carry him upright in a sling with you rather than putting him in swings or bouncy seats. As he gets older he'll want to be up moving anyway, so it won't be as much of a problem.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/28/2012

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If it is flat head from laying on his back, then he is on his back to much. Try more tummy time, and don't just sit him in a swing or a bouncer. Have him sitting up right, with you on the floor more also. Don't just have him stationary. But, if it is not flat head from laying on his back, I got nothing.

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