Infant HealthInfant Health

Recently health care professionals have noticed an increase in the number of babies who have a flat spot on their head also known as 'Plagiocephaly'. Up until approximately one year of age, the skull bones in a newborn infant are thin and flexible.

The greatest amount of change usually occurs within the first three months of life.

This allows for their passage through the birth canal and enables the skull to grow during infancy, but makes your baby's head very soft and easy to mold. Positional plagiocephaly is due to a change in the shape of the bones of the skull as a result of the baby's head remaining in the same position for a prolonged period of time. The greatest amount of change usually occurs within the first three months of life, most dramatically within the first four to six weeks when an infant spends the majority of time lying on their back.

This position exerts a constant pressure on one part of their skull and produces a characteristic asymmetry of their head. While this change in head shape does not affect brain development, parents may be concerned with the aesthetic appearance of their child's head.

An article that may help:
  Head Shape and Congenital Muscular Torticollis

Click Here to Book with Joanna Smith, our Certified Infant Health Provider.