Are you worried about your baby’s flat head?

Plagiocephaly, well known as flat head syndrome, is a condition characterized by an asymmetrical distortion of the skull. The head shape is characterized by a flattening on the back or at the side of the cranium and often a facial asymmetry is associated. It’s a condition that manifests itself in newborns, but it can be visible later in life if left untreated.


 

Plagiocephaly can be the result of a restrictive intrauterine environment or can be due to delivery difficulties, such as a long or difficult labour.

Aside from cosmetic reasons, medical research suggests additional arguments for taking flat spots seriously, such as;

  • Developmental delays¹
  • Increased incidence of otisis media (ear infections)²
  • Increased incidence of visual problems, specifically astigmatism and strabismus (crossed-eyes)³

The official treatment for babies, under the age of 18 months, is a specially designed infant orthopedic helmet for the length of 5 months. However, an Osteopath who work with babies can approach your baby in a less invasive, less expensive, faster and more functional way.

To give you an example, here are the results of my work on a baby with a flat spot on it’s head. The first photo shows a 3 month old baby with a flat spot on the right side of his head prior to osteopathic treatment. The second photo was taken after 8 osteopathic treatments (less that 2 months later) and shows his improvement.

Flat spot before osteopathic treatment

Improvement of flat spot after osteopathic treatment

This is an other report case of a two months old baby, before and after 4 treatments:

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To manage the development of plagiocephaly, is suggested the following:

  1. Lie your baby on their tummy as much as you can.
  2. Use a specially designed baby pillow (one with a contoured indent or hole to evenly cradle the head)
  3. Book 4 – 8 Osteopathic treatments

 

References

  1. Kordestani, R.K., S. Patel, D.E. Bard, R. Gurwitch, and J. Panchal. 2006. Neurodevelopmental delays in children with deformational plagiocephaly. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 117(1): 207–1
  2. Purzycki, A., E. Thompson, L. Argenta, and L. David. 2009. Incidence of otitis media in children with deformational plagiocephaly. Journal of Craniofacial Surgery 20(5):1407–11.
  3. Gupta, P.C., J. Foster, S. Crowe, F.A. Papay, M. Luciano, and E.I. Traboulsi. 2003. Ophthalmologic findings in patients with nonsyndromic plagiocephaly. Journal of Craniofacial Surgery 14(4):529–32.