Posted by: bd | 2007/08/02


head flattened on one side


I am a young mother of a four month. My LO's one side of her head is 'flattened' a bit. You cannot notice it until you touch her head. Her day mother pointed it out that I was not 'rotating' her enough. We started letting her sleep on the side that was not 'flattened' since she was two months, but it hasn't helped.

My mother passed away two years before baby and I didn't realy have anyone to show me the ropes, so now I feel that I may have caused some real damage.

Baby is fine tho. She grasps items, can see objects, movement, responds to calls, rolls, grabs her feet, etc all the things they should be doing at her age. I'm just worried that it may affect her when she is older. Do their heads take shape later?????

I made an appointment at my GP for tomorrow to see if there may be complications, but I'm stressing. I was in tears to my father last night worrying that it may be serious, but he kept telling me that all will be ok.

If anyone has some advice for me, it will realy help. What can I do?

Expert's Reply



This is extremely common and is due to her sleeping on the side of the flattening. With time and a change in position while she is sleeping, her head shape will return to normal by itself.

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Posted by: bd | 2007/08/02

Thanx a mil....

I just thought that I may have damaged her in the long term. It's like a big weight has been lifted off my shoulders.

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Posted by: Mamajack | 2007/08/02

hi ladies

dont worry yourself babies can stress at times especially like you have mentions no one besides you, try really the cangaroo sleeping and lay her on the normal side while sleeping before she turns rub her smoothly so that she gets used to the ither side, babies always get better with time, my baby was crippled at birth and now she is 2 years and running high? we at home are the only ones who can see the small limp but it is totally fine.

was crying to dad until it affected our relationship but things are perfect.

you will get thrugh this stage just be calm all the time. and be there for your baby and your man.

all the good lucks.

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Posted by: Daisy | 2007/08/02

My boy is 5 months old now. He has the exact same thing. But when I put him on the other side to sleep on, he keeps turning back. He prefers lying on the "flat" side. Though it is not clearly visible, us moms can see it and are concerned.

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Posted by: margie | 2007/08/02

Hi there! Please don't stress - it will take shape very soon- my sister was concerned about the exact same thing with her LO and his head is perfect!!

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