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#1 sophie222

Posted 06 April 2012 - 02:27 PM

My 12 week old has a flat spot on the left side of his head this is the main side he turns his head to sleep ect.... the m/w tells me its very common but I'm still freaking out a bit!! We have been changing the sides we hold/feed him on ect and tummy time. He still can't really hold his head up yet but I'm told when he can it will pretty much correct itself. Anyone else had experince with this? What did you do ect.....

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#2 Soontobegran

Posted 06 April 2012 - 02:42 PM

It is common these days with back sleeping babies and normally the skull will even out when the baby is able to change his position in bed a bit easier however it is an idea to keep an eye on it and try to encourage him to look the other way.Sometimes if you put them upside down in their cot they will look the other way too.
One of my grandbabies was quite badly flat on one side and she took him to an osteopath who did some neck stretching excercises. She also bought one of those latex flat head shapers which wouldn't let him put his head completely to the side.
These are not recommended for any baby who is able to roll over, so could only be used a few weeks but this also made a big difference to his head.
He is 15 months and now has a normal shaped head original.gif

Remember this is usually an aesthetic issue only and only rarely because there are problems with premature closing of the sutures etc but I think that most of us would prefer for a children to have a 'reasonably' well shaped head as they get older.
Ask your MCHN if she thinks you need to see a paediatrician or just ask for a referral and they will tell you if your baby's plagiocephaly needs treatment or not.

#3 Madhouse!!

Posted 06 April 2012 - 08:57 PM

We were sent to a paed because of my sons flat spot. He said to buy a safe t sleep. Def worth it. We then went to see a chiro and as soon as she touched his neck he went onto sleep on both sides. Previous to this wouldn't been turn his head onto his left side.

#4 FizzlingFireboxes

Posted 06 April 2012 - 09:03 PM

At DS's 6week check with the paed he had a flat spot, the paed told us to roll a small blanket (or something similar to do the trick) and place it under his shoulder on the flat spot side, so he had to turn his head the other way to sleep. It did help.

#5 rachel*t*p

Posted 06 April 2012 - 09:10 PM

I would also recommend seeing an osteopath. I took my son as a baby as the back of his head was very flat from his birth and did not round out much. I went not believing it would make a difference - and I was amazed how much difference it made - I also spent a lot of time/energy keeping him off the back of his head- holding him, using a bumbo, using another seating support, sleeping him on his side during the day when I could keep an eye on him - still slept him on his back at night. We saw the osteopath a few times in close succession and then less regularly for a few months. I also had some head stroking movements to do at home that she gave me to do. I believe it is more effective in younger than older babies - so do take him along sooner rather than later. Best wishes.

#6 laridae

Posted 06 April 2012 - 09:10 PM

A friend of mine DS had it quite badly - it did gradually correct itself after about 6 months.  I don't think its noticeable at all now (hes 2).

Try alternating which end of the cot he sleeps, some babies like to look the same way and chnaging ends means that the other side of the head is used.

#7 hopeful81

Posted 06 April 2012 - 09:11 PM

I'd recommend a Paediatric Physio. Best thing we did, just wish we'd taken him a bit earlier. I think DS was nearly 4.5 months when we went.

#8 jenchristo

Posted 06 April 2012 - 09:16 PM

We saw a chiro and a physio who gave us stretching exercises.  DD was turning to the right, so we put her toys on her left, held her so she looked to the left, etc. Lots of tummy time. We also saw a paed, but he couldn't tell us anything extra.

Eta: we tried to carry DD in a carrier rather than a pram, anything to get the pressure off her head.

Edited by jenchristo, 06 April 2012 - 09:19 PM.

#9 Soontobegran

Posted 06 April 2012 - 10:52 PM

QUOTE (fertile woman @ 06/04/2012, 09:02 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Please know that the use of restraints such as the Safe T Sleep and latex head positions for sleep go against the safe sleeping guidelines (the head positioners are fine for waking hours).

There are specific management suggestions on the SIDS and Kids website for flat spots.

I had some degree of asymmetry with both my twins heads.  Chiropractic worked really well.  Often the baby has a preference for one side because it's not comfortable to let their head fall the other way.  Once that problem is sorted the baby evens things out pretty quickly.

ETA the problem was identified at 8 weeks old and corrected itself with chiro and other management strategies but with no use of side sleeping or any other position or aid.  Back sleeping only.

You were lucky your twins plagiocephaly corrected itself FW but of course this is often not the case and much more intervention is needed.
The specific management suggestions on the SIDS site do not work for everyone, I also think most people are aware that a degree of asymmetry is not unusual and does not usually need treatment.
My DD was advised by both her osteopath and her paed to use the latex head shaper whilst the baby was asleep beside them and to remove it as soon as they started to show signs of rolling.

#10 lucky 2

Posted 09 April 2012 - 09:27 PM

QUOTE (hopeful81 @ 06/04/2012, 09:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'd recommend a Paediatric Physio. Best thing we did, just wish we'd taken him a bit earlier. I think DS was nearly 4.5 months when we went.

This, keeping baby off their head as much as possible during awake time and normal SIDS guidelines for sleeping.

#11 Lokum

Posted 10 April 2012 - 01:16 AM

Putting him at alternating ends of the bassinette worked a bit for us. The bassinette was right beside me, and he always turned towards me - so sometimes we had his face level with mine, sometimes his feet level with my face. He still turned towards me, but sometimes that was on his left, and sometimes on his right.

We didn't start this until he was 7 weeks old, and the flat spot (off to one side) has remained. Luckily, he has a totally lush head of hair and you only know if you put your hand on his head.

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