Skip to content

Health & Baby

Font Size

Positional Plagiocephaly (Flattened Head) - Topic Overview

How can you prevent or treat a flattened head? continued...

If your baby has a flattened head, there are things you can do to help your baby's head become rounder. Encourage your baby to turn the rounded side of the head toward the mattress. Use the tips above, such as changing the crib location or the direction your baby lies in the crib. Other treatments may include exercises recommended by your doctor or a physical therapist. If your baby's head shape does not get better by around 6 months, be sure to let your doctor know.

If the flattened head is severe or other treatments haven't worked, your doctor may recommend treatment such as a custom helmet. The helmet can help correct the shape of your baby's head. Surgery usually isn't recommended except in rare cases.

How can you reduce the risk of SIDS?

To help reduce the risk of SIDS, place your baby on his or her back to sleep. Even if your baby has a flattened head, don't stop placing your baby on his or her back to sleep. Just offer plenty of tummy time and cuddle time, and change your baby's head position.

Talk with your doctor about how to position your baby so that you don't increase your baby's risk of SIDS.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: September 09, 2014
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
Next Article:

Positional Plagiocephaly (Flattened Head) Topics

Today on WebMD

mother on phone holding baby
When you should call 911.
parents and baby
Unexpected ways your life will change.
baby acne
What’s normal – and what’s not.
baby asleep on moms shoulder
Help your baby get the sleep he needs.

mother holding baby at night
mother with sick child
Chinese mother breast feeding newborn baby girl
Track Your Babys Vaccines
Baby Napping 10 Dos And Donts
Woman holding feet up to camera
Father kissing newborn baby
baby gear slideshow