Does a baby’s flat head correct itself?
Plagiocephaly usually fixes itself as your baby grows, but sometimes treatment is needed. Help prevent plagiocephaly by giving your baby tummy time and alternating his head position.
How do I keep my baby from getting a flat head?
How Is Flat Head Syndrome Treated?
- Practice tummy time. Provide plenty of supervised time for your baby to lie on the stomach while awake during the day.
- Vary positions in the crib. Consider how you lay your baby down in the crib.
- Hold your baby more often.
- Change the head position while your baby sleeps.
Can you prevent flat head syndrome?
Most can be prevented. However, it is not always completely preventable. Even by using the sleep positioning described below, some babies will develop flat parts on the back of their heads. A simple way to help prevent your baby from getting a flat head is to change her position in the crib each day.
Why is it bad for babies to have a flat head?
Flat head syndrome presents as a flattened area on the back or side of a baby’s head. In severe cases it can affect the alignment of the ears, eyes and jaw.
When should I stop worrying about my baby’s flat head?
When does flat head syndrome go away? Flat head syndrome is most common between the ages of 6 weeks and 2 months old, and almost always resolve completely by age 2, particularly if parents and caregivers regularly work on varying baby’s positions when he’s awake.
How can I make my baby’s head round?
You can help your baby’s head return to a more rounded shape by altering his position while he’s asleep, feeding and playing. Changing your baby’s position is called counter-positioning or repositioning. It encourages the flattened areas of your baby’s head to reshape naturally.