Katie - posted on 06/16/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )
I'm new here, and may have just been unlucky where I looked but I'm really concerned by some of the comments I've seen and people's apparent lack of understanding when someone mentions a concern about their baby having a flat head.
My son is 5mths old and he has Plagiocephaly (aka: flat head syndrome). We have known about this since he was 4wks old and have done eeeverything we possible could to help rectify the problem. However, at 4.5mths of age we were told it needed further treatment in the form of a helmet.
Our paediatrician was fantastic at playing down the problem, but was very adament something had to be done as all the exercises, stretches and changes in positioning didn't do anything about it.
It was at the Orthotists office we learnt just how serious this condition is. Some of the associated problems relating to this condition are;
- A high risk for learning delays and developmental delay, - Increased neeed for special services when the child reaches school age
- Othodontic and TMJ issues
- Visual disturbances including visual field defects, and astigmatism
- auditory problems
- Psychological/social issues
So, to those people who have said "oh it just goes away" or, worse "they're just losing their baby hair" (??!!!!!! seriously ?!!!) How would you feel if your child ended up with visual disturbances or social issues because you didn't follow your motherly instincts and get some advice?
For those who would like more information, check out this website: http://www.flatheadprevention.org/about-...
I know it's Australian, but it references the American Societies too.