Flat head

Melissa - posted on 03/09/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My 3 month old is starting to get a flat head. Any suggestions on getting rid of it? She hates tummy time too.

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Natasha - posted on 03/09/2009

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I would wear her in a sling or other carrier as much as possible, put her in the car seat only for driving and take her out and carry her in stores etc. Limit "fake mom" items like swing and bouncy seats, and keep trying with tummy time.  Also if she is favoring one side it could be because she is out of alignment, I would take her to a chiropractor who works with infants, it can really help.  

Demelza - posted on 03/17/2009

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i had the same problem with my little girl at the 6 week check, spoke to my doctor and he said to get a special heart shaped pillow for flathead syndrome, the best one i found was on ebay, cost about 13 pounds , which is nothing really

it props her head up a little and is hollow in the middle so she can easily move her head side to side and there is no pressure so no flat head

she is now 9 months old and her head is round and there are no signs of flat head at all

god luck xxxx

Erika - posted on 03/09/2009

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Here is a new tummy time video for infants:



http://www.pathwaysawareness.org/?q=node...



I work with a therapy organization - basically, this is very common, and if you're worried it's always better to address it earlier rather than later (e.g., any treatment is more effective and shorter when you start it earlier).  Your baby might need a helmet, might need therapy, or might simply need more tummy time, even though I know she hates it!  You can start small, maybe the holding techniques in the video will help.

Tomoko - posted on 03/09/2009

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My daughter had plagiocephaly (one side is flattened due to sleeping on the one side all the time) and we tried repositioning for a while, but she was very determined to sleep in her set position, so that didn't work. Finally we decided to have her wear Star band helmet from when she was 9 months to 12 months. This really works IF you stick to the routine of having your baby wear it for 23 hrs a day (one hour off for bathing and washing the band). I also did cranialsacral therapy at the same time. Her head was really misshapen from plagiocephaly (her right ear shifted forward because of the flattening), but after using the band and doing CST for three months her head is now very close to symmetrical (still has slight flatness when her hair is wet). Good Luck!

Bethany - posted on 03/09/2009

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oops...I should have mentioned that, too. I held my son in my lap a lot until he started sitting.

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Rebecca - posted on 03/18/2009

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my son quiet enjoyed tummy time from day one just so long as i shifted him around a little.. i found he loved laying across my lap as i rocked sideways... he has always been a right little sticky beak so proping him up with a rolled up towel under his chest was ideal.. i also allowed him to sleep on his stomach during the day.. hope this helps a little :)

Claudette - posted on 03/17/2009

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I have twins and my son has plagiocephally (flat spot on his right side) and will be getting his DOC band helmet next week. He was just born with it from being the baby closest to my pelvis and not having enough space to move around.  I would recommend for you to try tummy time on your belly and place a mirror on the opposite side of the flat spot in his crib so that you can encourage him to look the other way.  Also make sure he doesnt have any stiffness in his neck which can also make it uncomfortable for him to turn his head and therefor favor only a certain side which will most probably be the flat side.  I would put pressure on your doctor to reffer you to a physical therapist as soon as possible so that you can get your babies head and muscles checked asap.  The sooner you can fix it, the easier it will be on your baby.  Good luck.

Annie - posted on 03/17/2009

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My sons head went extremely flat, hes now 10 months and since hes been sittin and crawlin etc, it roundin up nicely, i wouldn't worry too much"

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My son had a very flat head and I told my doctor so she got me a referal to the children's hospital which took 5 months. In the mean time I went to an infant repositioning class that was free, the public health nurse gave me the info. But in the mean time just do what you can to keep her off her head. Once they are able to hold up their heads it's alot easier, but like other moms have said, do tummy time. My son hated tummy time but he would stay longer and longer on his tummy until it's what he prefered and once he could hold up his head we put him in his exersaucer and jolly jumper. So once we actually went to see the specialist at the hospital she said I had nothing to worry about. Joseph's head is still a bit flat but their heads are still forming and it looks WAY better than it used to. Plus the doctors and the health nurses said to not put anything in his crib, that he still needed to sleep safely and he slept right on his head:)

Amanda - posted on 03/16/2009

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hey my baby had that they said to keep switching positions with your baby in the crib and try putting a receiving blanket on the opposite side of the head and it worked for me she doesnt have flat head anymore it was recomended  by my doctor and it worked

Trisha - posted on 03/10/2009

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im a single mum of twins, and altho i treated my 2 girls exactly the same, one of my girls head was noticably flat, unlike other mums i didnt have the luxury of holding more often.. i ended up using a bumbo seat as soon as she had neck control.. and it seemed to "pop" out a bit...doesnt look too bad now.. especially now she has hair

Rachelle - posted on 03/09/2009

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my daughter was the same way anything i did should sleep on the same side they say not to put a baby on their stomach i didn't untill she was 6 months old when she could hold herself up and roll over..after they start to roll ther isn't much you can do anyways cause they will sleep the way they want, but at 6 months i started putting her on her stomach and that really helped now she is 10 months and you can barley notice and i mean her head was pretty flat...now there is a slight flatness to her head but her doctor says that over a the next year or 2 it should get round again...but this is what i did..doesn't mean you will agree just my opinion

Ginger - posted on 03/09/2009

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Try anything you can to avoid it, even if it means holding her a lot. I tried everything my doctor told me to (except for the holding part, she never mentioned that) and nothing worked. My son  is now 3 yrs old and his left side is noticeably flat. Good luck.

Bethany - posted on 03/09/2009

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I went through this with my son at about 4 months- here's what was suggested by our physiotherapist (check with your dr at your 4 month check- if you can get a referral to a therapist I totally recommend it- they are so helpful!):



~do as much tummy time as she will handle- just do it more often. 6 times a day for 1 minute is better than nothing! (My son hated it to but did get (a little) better- I found it worked the best on his change table- not sure if it was the contoured pad or that it was elevated- you can try that if you have one)

~limit the amount of time in the car seat- if you have a carrier/stroller combo use the stroller only whenever you can and save the car seat for in the car...

~check to see if she favours one side (i.e. the flat side) when she is napping- if so you can change the direction you place her down since most babies like to look out of the crib (as opposed to at the wall) or there are positioners you can get to keep her in a different position

~apparently lying on the floor isn't as bad as being in a chair or swing with straps since on the floor she is more free to turn her head (and you can also try putting interesting things on the non-flat side for her to look at while she's on the floor)



I'm trying to think of the other things...but I think that's most of it. In our case my son was a little closer to "sitting up" age which helped a ton...but hopefully some of these tips will help you until you get to that point! We're actually going to physio on Wednesday for a three month final checkup- I'll let you know then if you should listen to my advice, haha! :~)



PS- Some people might tell you not to worry...but these things can get more serious so I think it's great that you are addressing it early! Best Wishes ~>

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