Mr Owase Jeelani, Consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeon, The Portland Hospital
Q. I’m concerned that my baby is developing Plagiocephaly (Flat Head Syndrome). What can I do to prevent this? Is there a possibility that it may become permanent?
A. Babies are born with soft bone plates which fuse together to form a hard skull during the first two years of life. This makes birth easier but its pliable nature means a baby’s head can become misshapen either through the force of labour or just from the position they like to lie in. It is common among babies who are good sleepers. Most often they develop a flattened head at the back and a slight bulge at the front. It is purely a cosmetic issue, it will not damage the brain in any way. Simply getting your baby to spend as much time as possible on their tummy during the day, or changing the position they sleep in so that they are not always lying on the flattened section of their head can help. If that doesn’t work then talk to your doctor about other options such as special moulded pillows or helmets which help encourage the skull to grow into the correct shape. The helmets need to be worn for 23 hours a day for a minimum of three months. That requires dedication but they are effective. Treatment is most effective in babies aged six to twelve months.
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