Flat Head

Katie - posted on 09/29/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My sons right side of his head is extremely flat, so his forehead is sticking out and the health nurse told me his eyes and ears can become uneven. How do I fix this?? I have switched to carrying him in my other arm when heading, and roll a towel up and place under his right side when sleeping. Im not sure how exactly to place the towel because now he isnt flat on his back, which makes me nervous and he just continues to roll his head to the right (in his swing and car seat and sleeping) and im not sure how to fix it before its too late!!

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Katie - posted on 09/30/2009

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He is 4 and a half months old and the health nurse told me I had till about 6 months to try and correct it. I am waiting for the doctors to call with the referall to the head clinic, but its been a couple weeks so Im just doing what I can at home.

Brandy - posted on 09/29/2009

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How old is he? I would definately take him to see the doctor because while he is still a newborn, you can try to correct it in the ways you are already doing, but once he gets older, you might need a helmet for a little while to correct it and if you don't get it in time, he could end up with brain damage. I know because my friend's son had the same problem and they got to him just in time with the helmet. Definately have it checked out because once the skull get so hard, there is no correcting it naturally.

Dabney - posted on 09/29/2009

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I'm having the same problem. I was told by everyone to keep my daughter on her back to sleep, and now at 8 months her head is completly flat on the back. Known as Brachycephaly, a form of positional plagiocephaly. We got a referral from her pediatrician and are going to a pediatric neurosurgeon in mid october! I think we're at the point of a helmet. You should visit the website http://www.cranialtech.com. it's very very helpful!

Roseanne - posted on 09/29/2009

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You can buy baby positioners in shops (or ebay, its where i got mine from) which stops your child from rolling onto they stomach (the pillow like sponge things go behind the child and infront of him/her) but keeps them on they side for sleeping. I used them with my kids and gave them to my pal who's baby's head was flat at the back....his head is almost back to normal.

I would talk to your health visitor first though.

Vicky - posted on 09/29/2009

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I noticed that with my little girl. We went to the "Head Clinic" Just ask your ped or Gp (doctors) for a referral b/c if it gets any worse your little one may have to wear a helmet or have surgery!

Hope that helps.

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