George is 10.5 weeks old now and his head is getting a little flat on one side particularly. From the top it looks a little wonky, and from one side his neck looks like it goes almost straight up into his head if you know what I mean. From the other side it doesn't look too bad. OH thinks i'm getting worried about nothing, but I dunno what to do and don't want him to have a horrible shaped head! He is always moving in his sleep and has never always slept in one position, so I have no idea how it is even getting flat! He is holding his head fairly well so we have ordered him a bumbo in the hope that spending more time in there and in his jumperoo will help it. They didn't say anything at his 8 week check at the docs but I think it looks worse now. Will it return to normal? If so how quickly? Should I take him to the docs to get it checked out or is it very common? Here is a pic of him asleep. I don't thnk it looks as bad on the pic... but any advice I'd be very grateful! Thanks
my lo had this quite bad, one side of his head was extremely flat. if you looked down at his head from above it looked even worse. for my lo it slowly started to improve at 4 months when he learned to sit unaided and now he is 10 months it is totally gone. my hv told me it is very common and just montitored his head measurements now and again. i wouldnt worry im sure it will go by itself x
My LO has this too, I think its very common - all you can really do is encourage your LO to lie on the other side I.e approach him from the other side so it evens out. Our LO is now just over 4 months and its a little better but still obvious, my understanding is that it will never be perfect again as the soft spot at the back has now closed up but once they have more hair etc it will be less noticeable. Mention it to your health visitor if ur worried x
My lo had this badly from the day he wad born as he was breech and his head was squashed sideways under my ribs...and once he was born he favoured one side too...but once he started sitting it started to sort itself out. He is 11 months now and u cant see it at all any more (not sure if it completely sorted itself our or if its just covered by his full head of thick hair lol) x
My son had/ has the same thing. He seems to favor his right side and was getting a little flat on that side. But he has a bumbo as well and I give him tummy time every day. It seems to be improving and I am noticing him sleeping on his left side more too which is helping. It should continue to get better as he starts sitting up more. Just keep an eye on it.
Hi there! It is called Plagiocephaly and is very common in young babies. Start by keeping him off his back when he's awake (tummy time, lie him on the other side, etc). In most cases, the head can usually correct itself as the skull grows. Sometimes, the baby may need a helmet worn for 23 hours a day for a few months. It is easily corrected.
Since your LO is so young, his risks for needing the helmet are very low, especially if you keep him off his bad side :-)
He doesn't sleep on one side, but sleeps on his back, and his head moves from one side to the other in his sleep so I can't keep him off a particular side really... and can't understand how it's even formed when he doesn't seem to prefer that side at all?!
I hope his bumbo will allow him to spend more time off his back and help. He HATES tummy time tho and only stands a minute or two before he starts to scream. e has been having one or two naps a day on my belly (and on his belly) with my slightly propped up now to keep him off his head entirely. Fingers crossed it gets better! HV should be coming round in a few weeks so I will speak to her about it when she comes and see if she is at all concerned. Thanks again everyonw
My son has this. He has tortacollis which made him look to the left all the time, which caused the flat head. He mows wears a helmet, and it's improved greatly. If you go the helmet route, try to get it on by 5.5 months, to hit all the growth spurts.
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