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Old Jun 22nd, 2012, 15:49 PM   1
AllisonH
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When did your LO's flat spot round out?


My 4 month old still has a flat spot on his head from laying on his back to sleep. It's not too bad, but I'm still a little worried that it won't round out. I've been laying him on his side to sleep and trying to keep him off his head while awake.

Did your baby's head round out okay? Or did you have to get a helmet?



 
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Old Jun 22nd, 2012, 18:13 PM   3
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Well my daughter had a slight flat spot on on side and I bought her one of those head pillows when she was 5.5 months. It helped a little bit. If it is mild, I personally would not get a helmet. We went to a pediatric neuosurgeon just to get peace of mind, and he assured us that her case was mild (6 mm difference) and it is purely cosmetic in her case. He said there was a study that mentioned that mild cases like mine round out on their own by the time the child is 5. Now I can't even tell it's there because her hair has grown in.

I specifically asked about helmets, and the doctor said that a helmet would not help her because it is a minor difference. Severe cases, he would prescibe a helmet for, and it would round the head only so much anyway and never be completely perfect. It would get to the level that we are at now.

Anyways, my thought is to see a specialist because they can always tell you the best thing for your LO.



 
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Old Jun 23rd, 2012, 04:57 AM   4
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My LO's flat spot was pretty bad, now ar 7 months it is starting to even out a bit but still not great - tbh I think once he has more hair it will be less noticeble!x



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Old Jun 23rd, 2012, 07:17 AM   5
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My LO's flat spot was pretty bad, now ar 7 months it is starting to even out a bit but still not great - tbh I think once he has more hair it will be less noticeble!x
Yeah, my baby is BALD!!!



 
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Old Jun 23rd, 2012, 07:23 AM   6
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My friends son had a rather shocking flat spot. He was a back sleeper and as he was rather a big lad he didn't learn to roll until he was 12 months! So the flat spot was literally the whole back of his head. Right behind the ears his head stopped and you could have balanced a cup on it if he lay on his tummy! I saw him again a few days ago and wow, he is only 16 months and its gone! Beautifully normal shaped head!



 
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Old Jun 23rd, 2012, 18:49 PM   8
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My friends son had a rather shocking flat spot. He was a back sleeper and as he was rather a big lad he didn't learn to roll until he was 12 months! So the flat spot was literally the whole back of his head. Right behind the ears his head stopped and you could have balanced a cup on it if he lay on his tummy! I saw him again a few days ago and wow, he is only 16 months and its gone! Beautifully normal shaped head!
That makes me feel better! Thanks



 
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Old Jul 17th, 2012, 09:31 AM   9
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My little one's head rounded out without getting a helmet, but I actively repositioned him and made sure I kept him off the flat area. I also got a great flat head pillow and one of the wrap style sleep positioners and made sure he always was on the pillow whenever he is sitting or lying down and I mean everywhere - pram, swing, car seat, nappy changer, activity mat, sleeping. You've got to take that pressure off the head to give it chance to round out. If you need some more info and advice there is lots of stuff including flat head pillow reviews on http://babyflathead.co.uk. At four months old there is a really good chance you can get it rounded out on your own without needing a helmet but I would say that if you don't see any improvement after about a month of doing all these things, then take him to a helmet clinic to get him assessed



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