Brachycephaly Information

A Quick and Easy Guide to the Different Types of Flat Head Syndrome

If you’ve noticed a flattening on your baby’s head and have been trying to do your research online or via various other resources, you may be a little overwhelmed at the different types of flat head syndrome and what each variation means.

Flat head syndrome is understandably a confusing condition for many who are only just finding out about it, so let this resource be a quick and easy guide to the different types of flat head syndrome.


deformational brachycephaly head shape chart - flat head syndrome

Brachycephaly is a condition found in babies and infants and is characterised by a flattened area at the back of the skull. If your baby has brachycephaly, you will notice at around eight weeks of age that your baby’s head seems wider than expected, the ears seem to be pushed outwards. In some cases, there will be a slight bulging on the forehead and your baby might have a wide brow. The head is often high at the back and the back of the head can look totally flattened with no rounding towards the neck. Brachycephaly is a form of flat head syndrome, it can often be found in combination with plagiocephaly and is caused by lying supine for extended periods of time in a cot.

For more information on brachycephaly and the key differences and similarities the condition has with plagiocephaly, read our earlier blog post explaining what is plagiocephaly and brachycephaly and how the terms tie in with flat head syndrome. (more…)

FAQ-img-1Plagiocephaly and Brachycephaly are two of the most common types of flat head syndrome diagnosed every year in the UK. Although the causes are the same, the two conditions describe very different head shapes and it’s important to differentiate the two in order to achieve the best results for your baby.

This blog post establishes the key differences between Plagiocephaly and Brachycephaly so you can take the next steps in finding the right treatment.


BrachycephalyHarry’s story

Harry is a lovely little boy with severe brachycephaly, a type of flat head syndrome. The condition is characterised by a flattened area at the back of the head, which causes its width to be disproportionate to its length. (more…)

What is plagiocephaly and brachycephaly, and how do the terms tie in with flat head syndrome?

What is Plagiocephaly and Brachycephaly (AKA Flat Head Syndrome)?Plagiocephaly and brachycpehaly are the two most common types of flat head syndrome seen in infants. If your baby has been diagnosed with one, the other or both, this post will provide you with the facts so that you can take active steps to prevent them from becoming permanent. (more…)