Plagiocephaly (Flat Head Syndrome)
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Flat head syndrome, or plagiocephaly as the condition is medically known, occurs when a flat spot develops on the back or side of a baby’s head. The condition can cause the baby’s head to look. Flat head syndrome, also called positional plagiocephaly, develops in babies because of external pressures on the soft, malleable baby skull.
It is more common now that babies sleep on their back. Newborn babies have a very soft skull and prolonged pressure on the one spot can cause a flattened area to develop as they grow. This means their head can become flat or misshapen if they are constantly lying on the same area of their skull. The incidence of flat head syndrome has increased from 1 in 300 in the 1970s to 1 in 10 today. Does your baby have a flat head?
Today, many more babies have flat spots on their heads, a huge increase from 20 years ago. In fact, it is now common to see babies out in public wearing orthotic helmets and to hear stories about their courses of physical or occupational therapy. Plagiocephaly is a condition that causes a baby’s head to have a flat spot (flat head syndrome) or be misshapen. The most common form is positional plagiocephaly. It occurs when a baby’s head develops a flat spot due to pressure on that area.
Babies are vulnerable because their skull is soft and pliable when they’re born. Researchers found that 47 percent of 440 2-month-olds having routine check-ups had what doctors call positional plagiocephaly where the back or one side of the head has a flat spot. It develops.
Flat head syndrome can and does improve by itself; provided the deformity is only mild, it’s noticed early enough and rigorous repositioning is undertaken to prevent the baby from spending too long lying with their head in the same position. However, there are many cases in which flat head syndrome will not improve adequately on its own. Sometimes a baby’s head is molded unevenly while passing through the birth canal. In other cases, head shape changes after birth as a result of pressure on the back of the head when the baby lies on his or her back. You’ll notice two soft areas at the top of your baby’s head where the skull bones haven’t yet grown together.
Plagiocephaly, or flat head syndrome, is when a baby’s head is flat on one side. It’s linked to a baby sleeping exclusively on his back as well as spending a lot. If your baby has a tendency to spend a lot of time with the head in one position in early infancy, flat head syndromemay develop.
This will be most noticeable when looking at your baby’s head from above. Looking down on the top of the head, you may notice that one side of the head may appear flatter than the other side or it may look very wide.
List of related literature:
|from Your Baby’s First Year Week by Week|
|from What To Expect The 1st Year [rev Edition]|
|from What to Expect the First Year|
|from The Baby Book: Everything You Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two|
|from Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby’s First Year|
|from Beischer & MacKay’s Obstetrics, Gynaecology and the Newborn|
|from Fundamentals of Midwifery: A Textbook for Students|
|from Illustrated Textbook of Paediatrics E-Book: With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access|
|from Textbook of Physical Diagnosis E-Book: History and Examination|
|from Save Our Sleep: Revised Edition|