As with any medical condition, there are various myths and misconceptions that develop and can confuse those seeking advice or treatment. It is normally assumed that a baby’s flat head will correct itself, but this is a misconception as flat head syndrome differs from case to case, so to does the likelihood of the misshapen head correcting itself without treatment. This post will address some of the common myths surrounding Flat Head Syndrome, to help parents decide on the next steps for their baby.
Some babies develop flat head syndrome and one of the most common of these is Plagiocephaly, which involves the flattening of one side of the head. This is as a result of pressure being applied to one area of the head during early infancy or in the womb. A baby’s skull has not fully developed during the first few months of life with the plates within the skull being quite soft and malleable. This makes the head soft and able to unintentionally change in shape in the early weeks of life.
When exploring the different forms of treatment for flat head syndrome, many parents are initially advised to try a course of repositioning therapy to correct a flat head during the early stages of a baby’s life. But can repositioning therapy prevent flat head syndrome and does it always work?
Official NHS advice advocates repositioning therapy as an effective form of treatment for babies suffering with flat head syndrome. According to the NHS website, it is recommended that you encourage your baby to “try new positions during play time” and “reduce the time your baby spends lying on a firm flat surface, such as car seats and prams”.
Flat head syndrome is the umbrella term used to describe a number of specific flat head conditions which can appear in infants and babies, commonly caused by sustained pressure on a particular spot on a baby’s head. There are many contributing factors which can cause flat head syndrome and the condition usually becomes apparent in the first few months of a baby’s life.