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#1 Shell618

Posted 20 June 2017 - 08:00 AM


Anyone have experience with a bub with a quite noticable flat spot on the back of their head? My daughter is almost 6 mnths and the back of her head is still quite flat.  She's still swaddled to sleep and has slept around 10-12 hrs on her back @ night since 8 wks old. She also had reflux which made it very hard to give her a lot of tummy time during the day- i do now however and she's starting to roll.  

Can this start improving now that she's moving around? Should i unswaddle her so she's can move a bit more at night? Any ideas to help would be great! I have her 6 month check up soon so I'll get the nurse and Dr's option too.

Thanks :)

#2 Hands Up

Posted 20 June 2017 - 08:12 AM

Yes, DS1 has a slight flat spot. He's always slept on his back, despite being taken out of swaddling at an early age (ten weeks). He still sleeps on his back most of the time now, as an almost three year old.

We did all sorts of things such as move to the other end of the cot as I realised he was often facing the door, so he was sleeping on the other side of the back of his head, lots of tummy time etc.

The flat spot didn't get any bigger, and the GP and paed reassured me that it was cosmetic only. Now that he has lots of hair you can't notice it at all, but I do wonder how he will feel as he loses hair when he gets older. His Dad has a full head of hair at 43 so I'm hoping that's a while away!

Anyway, as you noted in your post, best to get medical advice :-)

#3 MadnessCraves

Posted 20 June 2017 - 08:17 AM

Dd started to get a flat spot, so I'd start putting her head side to side when she went down for a sleep, so it wasn't always the same spot. The flat spot disappeared with just routine changing head position when down for a nap.

#4 mayahlb

Posted 20 June 2017 - 08:27 AM

Yep. He's 8.5 and it's still there on one side... we were told by the physio to gentle turn their head to one side when putting them down for a nap. And then next time do it the other way. This should help. Tummy time can also be done supported. We often did it with a rolled up towel under him or on me. If you google tummy time on mum that will show you the different ways you can hold Bub that will give them "tummy time" while not causing too much reflux.

#5 Shell618

Posted 20 June 2017 - 01:45 PM

Thank you ladies! She moves her head side to side herself while sleeping and I've moved her head before but she always moves it again lol I'll give her more tummy time and see what the GP says.

Thanks again

#6 lucky 2

Posted 20 June 2017 - 05:01 PM

HI, this is very common but I'd get on to it asap, a CHN and GP review or you can see a Paed Physio anytime, you don't need a referral.

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