Brachycephaly is a condition characterised by a flattened area at the back of the skull. Most parents notice their baby’s brachycephalic head shape when their baby is around eight weeks of age, with their baby’s head appearing wider than expected and their ears sometimes being pushed outwards. Brachycephalic head shape can also involve a slight bulging of the forehead and a wide brow. The typical treatment for brachycephaly includes repositioning or a specialist orthotic helmet, which we explain in more detail later in this post.
For babies with brachycephaly, the head is also often higher at the back and the whole back of the head can appear completely flat with the absence of any rounding towards the neck. Brachycephaly is a form of flat head syndrome and can be found either in isolation or in combination with plagiocephaly.
Plagiocephaly and Brachycephaly are two of the most common types of flat head syndrome diagnosed every year in the UK. Although the causes are the same, the two conditions describe very different head shapes and it’s important to differentiate the two in order to achieve the best results for your baby.
This blog post establishes the key differences between Plagiocephaly and Brachycephaly so you can take the next steps in finding the right treatment. (more…)
Plagiocephaly and brachycpehaly are the two most common types of flat head syndrome seen in infants. If your baby has been diagnosed with one, the other or both, this post will provide you with the facts so that you can take active steps to prevent them from becoming permanent.