What are the typical symptoms?
The most common symptom of plagiocephaly is an asymmetrical or flat head shape. Other symptoms may include facial asymmetry, ear misalignment, and sometimes a bulging forehead on the affected side.
Why does it happen to babies?
Plagiocephaly can happen to babies for a variety of reasons. The most common way it presents itself is positional plagiocephaly, which occurs when a baby’s head develops a flat spot as a result of continued pressure on one side.
This could be the result of the baby’s position in utero or during delivery. Or it could have subsequently developed because your baby spends long periods of time in a single position or favours one side when they sleep.
In other cases, it may be due to a condition called torticollis, where the muscles on one side of the neck are tightened limiting full range of head movement, leading to uneven pressure on the skull.