What are the typical symptoms?
The most common features describing a brachycephaly are a very wide head shape, sometimes wider than it is long from front to back. The head shape can be quite pushed up and high at the back with a slope down to the forehead and a prominent brow.
Why does it happen to babies?
A brachycephalic head shape can develop for several reasons. If the baby is 'back to back' in utero, with the back of the head lying across the mother's spine, this can cause the start of brachycephaly. It can develop after birth if the baby is lying for long periods in one position.
Often, a brachycephaly can be asymmetric and if the baby has a torticollis, a tightening in one side of the neck muscles, a combination brachycephaly / plagiocephaly can develop.