Your baby’s birth is one of the most joyous moments in a family’s life. It is the source of happiness for the entire family. Nevertheless, there are details about this bundle of joy that can worry the parents, such as the birth of a baby with a flat head. More on the flat head syndrome in babies, the causes, and treatments in this article.
This is a syndrome where the newborn’s head stays flat from the back or sides even after six months of birth. This is caused by the softness of the bones in the infant’s skull, which allows the passing through the birth canal.
Flat head syndrome is diagnosed through physical examination, the baby can give a diagnosis just by looking at the baby’s head without the need for further medical tests.
Keep putting your baby on his or her back when sleeping, but make sure you alternate the position of the baby’s head position while in the crib.
Hold your baby upright, when awake to release some pressure off the head, you can also use a baby carrier or put him in a bouncing chair or swing. You can also alternate the holding positions on your arm while bottle feeding or breastfeeding your little one.
Put your baby on his or her belly on a hard surface while under your supervision while playing.
This therapy includes exercises that strengthen the neck muscles and change the baby’s preferred head position. These sessions are done at a specialist’s office, along with massage techniques done by the mom upon the doctor’s recommendations.
If all the above recommendations don’t work after six months, the doctor may recommend wearing a helmet that reduces pressure on the flattened side of the baby’s head to reshape the baby’s head/
Dear mommy, don’t worry flat head syndrome won’t affect the baby’s brain development, it is a mild condition that can be treated. Just monitor your baby’s growth and development, breastfeed your baby and provide healthy nutrition and always reach out to your pediatrician with any questions or concerns.