So you notice a flat spot at the back of your baby’s head. You do a little searching online and it turns out there is a condition known as plagiocephaly or baby flat head syndrome. Once you start seeing pictures of other baby’s flat spots it can leave you guessing what to do next. Call your doctor? See a specialist? Try repositioning and wait it out?
In this article, we will talk about some important things you can do when you suspect your baby might have plagiocephaly.
Talk to your baby’s doctor
The first step whenever you have any concerns about your baby’s health is to talk to your child’s doctor. They know your baby and they know your family so they are the first line of defense when something seems off. Pediatricians vary in how and when to treat plagiocephaly so be open and honest about your concerns and work with your doctor.
Begin repositioning right away
Regardless of the treatment plan, your doctor or specialist will most likely require you to participate in an aggressive repositioning plan. This includes things like plenty of tummy time, shifting the direction you put your baby down to sleep, and lots of moving throughout the day to alleviate pressure on the back of your baby’s head. Even when babies do require helmet therapy, most doctors will still require a period of repositioning before prescribing a helmet.
One of the best ways to get informed about baby flat head syndrome is to connect with other families who are having the same experience. There are groups and communities online that can help you find other families who are dealing with similar questions and obstacles.
The phrase “knowledge is power” us super important when it comes to your babies health. Informing yourself about head shape and related topics is important in knowing what steps to take next. Check out some of our additional resources here: https://www.ppodkids.com/resourcesforparents.
Understanding the Numbers
Another common question when parents notice flattening is how flat is too flat? We now know that almost half of all babies will have some degree of head flattening. The question is how do you know when the flattening is enough to be concerned.
The truth is, it is best to bring the flat spot to your pediatrician’s attention as soon as you notice it. While they may choose to monitor the situation and simply wait, it’s best that they are aware. The earlier treatment begins, the quicker and more effective it is so there is no need to wait.
It’s normal to feel a sense of worry and stress when you notice head flattening. It’s important to keep in mind that it is very common, highly treatable and not your fault.