Plagiocephaly (flat head syndrome) is a condition in infants characterised by an asymmetrical-looking skull. It is often caused by remaining in the same lying/sleeping position for prolonged periods, which can lead to deformation of the skull. Changing the lying position prevents plagiocephaly.
- Asymmetrical distortion of the skull (a flattened back of the head is typical)
Causes and treatment
- The change to the shape of the skull can already occur in the womb prior to the birth
- Same sleeping and lying position (“position-dependent”)
Further treatment by your doctor / in hospital
- Testing the range of motion of the neck
- Assessing the child’s level of development
- Measuring the head circumference, weight and size
- Alternate lying/sleeping position
Most “position-dependent” flat heads self-correct within the first two years (if the child’s lying position is alternated).
What can I do myself?
- Change the child's lying position every night at bedtime
- Let the child lie on its stomach for a short time, several times a day (watch the child during this time)
When to see a doctor?
- Child's skull is deformed.
Flat head syndrome, plagiocephaly