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What is dolichocephaly?

Dolichocephaly is a condition that results in a long and narrow head shape. This fusion can limit the growth of the skull in the transverse direction, leading to a narrow head shape.


What are the typical symptoms?

Dolichocephaly is characterised by a long and narrow head shape. Other symptoms may include a pointed forehead, a lack of symmetry in the face, and a narrow face shape.


Is dolichocephaly the same as scaphocephaly?

You may have heard dolichocephaly and scaphocephaly used interchangeably to describe babies with a long, narrow head shape.

Dolichocephaly and scaphocephaly are similar but not the same conditions.

Dolichocephaly refers to a condition where the head shape is elongated from front to back, resulting in a narrow and elongated appearance. It is characterised by a long and narrow head shape.

Scaphocephaly, on the other hand, is a specific type of dolichocephaly where the head shape is elongated and narrow with a prominent ridge along the top of the skull. It resembles a boat shape and is often associated with premature fusion of certain skull sutures.

While both conditions involve an elongated head shape, scaphocephaly is a more specific term referring to a particular type of dolichocephaly with a distinct skull shape.

Read more about scaphocephaly.


Why do babies get dolichocephaly?

Dolichocephaly can happen to babies due to genetic factors or external factors such as pressure on the head during delivery.

What issues does it cause?

Dolichocephaly may cause discomfort for the baby, especially if the condition is severe. If l untreated, dolichocephaly can lead to more serious complications, such as developmental delays, visual problems, and difficulty with balance.

Dolichocephaly can be distressing for parents who worry about their child’s health, development, or unusual appearance, however, there are effective ways to treat it.

Recommended treatments

There are several treatment options available for dolichocephaly including, repositioning, tummy time, and helmet therapy.

Repositioning and Tummy Time:

Repositioning is the first recommended course of treatment. It simply means frequently changing the baby’s position, whether sitting or lying down, so that there isn’t too much pressure applied to any one part of the head.

Read more about repositioning and tummy time
Helmet Therapy:

Helmet therapy, also known as cranial remoulding treatment, involves the baby wearing a specialised helmet for 23 hours a day to gently guide the direction of their head’s growth. Treatment times vary but usually take several months. This therapy has been shown to be effective in correcting head shape in most cases, particularly for severe cases of dolichocephaly.

Find out more about cranial remoulding helmets

How to get assessed

If you are concerned about your baby’s head shape, book a free pre-assessment and our clinicians can advise you on the best course of treatment for your child.

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