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07/05/2013 at 09:09
S has started getting a really noticable flat side of her head. It was mentioned at her last appointment some weeks ago, but doctor didnt seem concerned. We both think its getting worse. Do you think another trip to the doctors is in order or just wait till her appointment next week and speak to the doctor again? Is normal at this stage - she is 11 weeks?
07/05/2013 at 09:16
N had quite a bad flat spot on his head by 5 weeks and A has had a less noticeable one since early on too :-( With N I bought him a Lila Kuddis pillow to sleep on and lie on and eventually by the time he was 1 it had improved. It's not perfect but it is not noticeable to others now. With A I bought her the same pillow and she's in the sling a lot too, so far it hasn't got worse which is a good sign and it should probably round out again within a few months hopefully. If it's really bad to and see a cranial osteopath and see what they think but keep her upright as much as possible so there is less pressure on her head. Also turn her head to the other side.
07/05/2013 at 09:50
Its pretty normal as their heads are so soft (R is 20 weeks and the back of his head is still quite flat) - try lying her on the other side on playmat etc, tummy time as much as possible, bascially try as much as possible to avoid her having that side of her head with the pressure on it. also slinging can help as they are upright
It will get better once she is upright more, sitting on your lap, in a jumperoo etc and moving about but it is easier to sort out the younger they are
On phone so sorry for typos! Ben has this. He had a beautifully round head until about 8 weeks or so. He's now 19 weeks. I bought the Lilly pillow but I don't think it's worked well for him. I also bought a babymoov love nest pillow which does work and sure there has been an improvement. I don't think tho that he'll ever have a properly round head tho! We also tried the osteo but I don't think it made much difference. When I mentioned it to the DRS they weren't concerned either and said it would even out over time, not particularly useful advice IMO! I also try and do lots of tummy time and if possible use the sling. Hope that helps and isn't just rambling!
07/05/2013 at 09:56
Thanks all. We keep meaning to use the sling more and will certainly do so now. Will have a look into the pillows also.
07/05/2013 at 09:57
Lots of tummy time.
Is she bottle fed? Make sure you swap the way that you hold her when feeding so that her head isn't always facing the same way.
There are lots of pillows you can buy that are meant to reduce this.
07/05/2013 at 10:02
It's quite normal as their skull is so soft. Do lots of tummy time, put toys the other side so she moves her head to the side she doesn't use as much. Oh and use the sling. It should get better as she gets older and once she's got a full head of hair you won't notice.
07/05/2013 at 10:27
Personally I would go back to the doctors about it. If you think it's getting worse get it checked out. L had a flat head, we used the Lillia Kudis pillow and thankfully it worked for him but I was on the doctors case about flat head syndrome like a woman possessed.
07/05/2013 at 14:43
One of my twins had this - her head was very flat, she couldn't turn her neck properly and her ears were completely out of line. We also noticed in photographs that one of her eyes was different from the other. We went to the doctor, he referred us to the hospital and the doctor there said not to worry, it should straighten itself out but if it didn't she could always grow her hair to cover it! We were really not happy with that and took her to an orthotics clinic to get a helmet to straighten it out. It cost us £2000 but I didn't want to take the risk as it really was quite bad.
07/05/2013 at 15:31
K took her again today and they were really not concerned. She has no issues with head control and movement etc so i dont think its any thing to be really worried about, but will certainly keep your advice in mind and see what happens in the coming weeks.
07/05/2013 at 15:48
bs consultant talked about his flat head as its very noticeable but like others have said they suggested making sure I lay him on different sides in his cot frequently so that as he grows it will even itself out
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