What is Brachycephaly?

Brachycephaly is a form of flat head syndrome and is characterised by a flattening at the back of the head, with the width of the head being wider than usual. Unlike plagiocephaly, there is no asymmetry with this condition. Brachycephaly can usually be noticed at around eight weeks of age, and the best form of brachycephaly treatment varies between individuals depending on the age and severity of the condition experienced.

It might be that your baby has plagiocephaly, which is an asymmetrical head shape that usually involves one side of the head being flatter than the usual. In many cases, babies have a combination of brachycephaly and plagiocephaly.


Brachycephaly Symptoms

Brachycephaly becomes obvious due to visual indicators. Particularly when looking at a baby from the side and from above, parents can often see that their baby has a visible flattening to the back of the head, as well as a wider-than-usual appearance from the front. We can assess the severity of your baby’s condition at your free consultation.


Brachycephaly Treatment

The best treatment option for brachycephaly depends on the severity of a baby’s condition, as well as their age. As with plagiocephaly, we recommend initially starting with repositioning techniques before considering an orthotic helmet. However, for severe cases, a custom-made orthotic helmet can make significant improvements. For more information on the symptoms of brachycephaly and more ways to treat it, please read our information blog post.

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