Flat Head Syndrome

Flat Head in Babies

A simple definition of flat head syndrome is that your baby has a head shape deformity, either to the back or side of the head. At about eight weeks of age, you’ll notice that your baby’s head seems slightly wide, or that an ear is pushed forward on one side, or that the brow is more prominent.

There are many different words used to describe the different types of head shape that can be presented in clinic.

·        Plagiocephaly (play-gee-oh-kef-alley). This is the most common type of flat head syndrome and it describes an asymmetric flattening to the side of the head.

·        Brachycephaly. (brake-ee-kef-alley) This is a wide head shape which can be very flat all across the back. The head can be very high at the back and the forehead may be very pronounced.

·        Scaphocephaly (scafe-oh-kef-aly) This is a long thin head shape sometimes also called Dolichocephaly (doll-ee-co-kef-alley)

·        Normocephaly (norm-oh-kef-alley) This is a normal head shape with the head width being 78% to 83% of the length and a diagonal asymmetry of less than 5mm. Looking down on the top, it looks like an egg.

 Typically, babies are brought to us which have a brachycephaly with some amount of plagiocephaly and we also see scaphocephaly with plagiocephaly. This doesn’t mean that they have two things, it just describes the position of the flattening. Some researchers tend to mix these two different types of deformities, lumping them all together into ‘flat head syndrome’ but without knowing where you are starting, it’s impossible to know where you’re heading. We always quantify every individual head shape so that we know just where to allow the head to grow.

Find the right treatment

If you are concerned about your baby’s head shape, then our qualified specialists can offer the best advice and treatment to reduce this deformity of the head.

More Information

We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions which will help you understand more about Plagiocephaly and other variants of flat head syndrome. We also have a selection of case studies and testimonials that provide an insight into our treatments, or you can read about parents’ first-hand experiences on our Facebook page.

If you have any questions, then we’d love to hear from you. Simply call us on 0330 100 1800 (local rate) or 0113 218 8030

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