My baby has a flat head. Should I be concerned?

Amanda - posted on 05/10/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My baby boy is now 6 months old and still has a very flat head. My regular pediatrician doesn't seemed to worried about it medically but said cosmetically if I want to get it more round that he wold have to maybe wear the helmet. Another pediatrician is sending me to a specialist to get it checked. Has anyone out there's child ever had a flat head and it eventually rounded itself back out over time? Did someone do the helmet and are happy you did? Feedback would be awesome or experiences that you know of from other children. Thanks

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Amanda - posted on 05/11/2010

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Thanks you that gives me some hope. I try to keep him off it as much as possible. Obviously diaper changing and he acutully bottle feeds and can hold his own bottle so he is on his back for that portion as well. Thanks again

Louise - posted on 05/11/2010

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This round head shape is more common than you think. All mums are encouraged to put there babies to sleep on their backs every time they go to sleep to avoid SIDS. Some childrens skulls are softer than others and remain flat. I would suggest putting yor baby on his tummy whilst playing to take the pressure off his skull. He will soon be able to sit up which will help. When your child has a lot of hair the flat head will not be visible so I would not bother with the helmet unless medically advised to.

Erin - posted on 05/10/2010

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My Daughter's head started to appear flattened around the same age and I was very concerned too. My Dr. wasn't concerned at all and said it would round itself out. I didn't beleive him tho. I also didn't want to go the route of a helmet cause it wasn't anything severe. What I did was once my daugter was strong enough to push herself up onto all fours and easily able to roll from front to back and back to front I started laying her down to sleep on her tummy. That was around 8 months i beleive and to date 5 months later i have definatly seen improvements. The skull at the back of the head will fuse fully by 2 yrs old so until then as long as there isn't as much pressure on the back of the head then as his brain grows it should round out. Hope this helps and Good Luck!

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