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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.

This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: February 04, 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.
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