Plagiocephaly (flat head) is a fancy term for a misshapen skull. It is very common with newborns now that they are sleeping on their back to prevent SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Pressure is placed on the back of the soft skull for most of day, thus causing it to flatten very quickly, resulting in Baby Flat Head Syndrome. With the increased use of containers (swing, bouncy seats, car seat carriers), babies can spend the majority of the day on their backs. In fact, by the time an infant is two-months old, they will have spent over 700 hours on their back! Not a good thing for a malleable skull. When plagiocephaly is the result of too much time in containers, it is called positional plagiocephaly.

Because this usually happens within the first few months of life, it is important to keep a close eye on the shape of your baby’s head from the moment you get home from the hospital. The best way to look at it is from a bird’s-eye view, or looking down on it from above. This is how you can tell if there is any flattening or asymmetry. Typically, the flattening will begin in the back, so this is a good place to start watching for plagiocephaly. If bad enough, it can even cause the ears and forehead to be misaligned. If you see any flattening, immediately let your pediatrician know so you can address it right away, with the early intervention of plagiocephaly treatment. A “wait and see” approach does not work in this situation. Push for a therapy referral so you can correct the issue before it becomes a much bigger problem. Remember, the first 4 months is your window of opportunity.

Take a look at the following questions, and if you answered “yes” to any of them, your baby may be at risk for plagiocephaly.
  • Does your baby always seem to be looking or sleeping with his head in the same direction?
  • Does your baby resist turning his head the other way?
  • Is it difficult for your baby to stay repositioned?
  • Does your baby dislike tummy time?
  • Does your baby spend more than 3 hours a day, combined, on an incline surface/container (car seat, swing, bouncy seat)?
  • Does your baby’s head seem to be flat in the back or flatter on one side?
TREATMENT OPTIONS: There are several options for correcting plagiocephaly when a baby’s head is flat. Up until now, the most common treatment was the use of a plastic helmet the baby wears all day for several months. We, however, are convinced that a better plagiocephaly treatment is active, strategic repositioning, which prevents most of these babies from needing helmet therapy. Below are some examples of outcomes our patients received using only the 1st Step Plagio Plan and a few therapy sessions at home. That’s it! There are thousands more success stories and yours can be one too. Our convenient online referral system will allow us to contact you within 24 hrs. We would love to answer your questions! Sign Your Baby Up!