Posted by: Aunt | 2003/12/19


Flat Head

Please can you give me any information on this.
My nephew is 4 months old, and the one side of his head is completely flat and the otherside is largly rounded.
He battles to hold his head up and seems to favour the flat side of his head.

Other than this he is a very happy baby.
What could this be? Is there a cause for concern?

Expert's Reply



In an otherwise normal healthy baby, this condition is called plagiocephaly and is very common. It usually occurs because a baby is constantly placed on a particular side, or in a particular part of a room where he will always turn his head towards light or people. The best advice is to change the position that the baby is placed in and to put the cot etc. in a different part of the room where he will be inclined not to lie on the flat side of his head when turning his head towards people or light. If there is any abnormality in the child's development this needs to be evaluated immediately. Head control should be reasonable at 4 months and good at 6 months.

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Posted by: charliepie | 2004/01/04

Your nephew suffers from "positional plagiocephaly", do a google search for this term!...neck exercises will help as will positioning him with a rolled up towel under his shoulder on the flat side of his head to try to encourage him to turn the other way - place toys etc on his rounded side and position his cot so he has to look towards his rounded side to see the door/light etc. In more severe cases a correctional headband/helmet will have to be worn for a number of months.

There is a good yahoo groups forum for this topic as well...

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