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9 Responses to Preventing Flat Head Syndrome

  1. Sara Carlson  

    I love this. Thanks so much for the info. When we are ever blessed with another pregnancy, I will be keeping this in mind.

  2. Momma Jorje  

    Great info! I have been using the couch or bed for diaper changes, so I’m usually at Spencer’s feet anyway. But I’ve always let Sasha and Spencer sleep on their tummies when they wanted to. (They both made it clear early on that they preferred this position.)

  3. Fiona

    Lots of good info!! My 5 month old has plagiocephaly but hers is due to torticollis which she had since birth. We do all of these things but it is still difficult as in the beginning her head couldn’t really turn the other way. With lots of stretches and exercises we are definitely seeing improvements. We actually carried her almost all the time and put her in a Bumbo most of the time if she had to be put down, plus she naps on her tummy because we can supervise her so the only time she was on her back was sleeping at night but since she has always been such a good sleeper, it meant 12 hours a night on one side even if we went in to turn her every hour, she just turned back due to the torticollis. Luckily this is slowly improving as well.. so it is looking okay for no helmet needed which is great news!

  4. Natalie

    My nephew is a twin, both boys were induced pre term, low-ish birth weights, first children etc… (which are a lot of the risk factors). Due to his position in the womb, (cephalic, half in / half out the birth canal for weeks on end) the older twin was born with Torticollis. He has had a significant flat head and has had to wear a helmet. A referral to a paediatric physio helped in that she gave my brother and s-i-l exercises they could do with him to try and build his strength up on one side of his neck. SO yes, I suppose I am just trying to say some, not all, positional plagiocepahlys have underlying causes and if that is the case, do get it checked out asap to help prevent the severity of the resulting PP.

    • Fiona

      I agree, Natalie. My daughter’s flat head was due to torticollis which occurred from her having ‘dropped’ into my pelvic bones several weeks early. I feel I did everything in helping and preventing it as much as I could have.

    • Luschka  

      100% agree! Some definitely do, but what I’m talking about is really more the babies who never leave car seats – some moms really just don’t know. I know plagiocephaly can be quite common in twins. 🙂