Flat Head Syndrome
Flat head syndrome refers to a baby’s head when it becomes misshapen due to the effect of the weight of the head being flattened against a flat surface or mattress.Read more
A baby's head can become flattened at one side, causing the head to look asymmetrical and distorted. This is known as positional plagiocephaly.Read more
Brachycephaly is a condition where the whole back of the head can become flattened, causing a widening of the head. Sometimes, the front of the skull may bulge.Read more
Flat Head Syndrome
Flat Head Syndrome is known in medical circles as Positional Plagiocephaly (distortion of the side of the head) and Brachycephaly (distortion of the back of the head).
Flat Head Syndrome is the misshaping of a baby’s head due to the effect of the weight of the head pressing against a flat surface or mattress causing the skull bones to deform. It effects nearly half of the babies born in the UK and whilst it is generally mild, it can become severe.
The good news is that it can be easily avoided through some precautions and it can be treated, if necessary, through the use of specially designed mattresses and baby helmets.
This website gives you more information about the syndrome and how you can prevent your baby getting Flat Head Syndrome.
It also provides some information on various treatments of Flat Head Syndrome.
And finally we have put in some links to other websites which have useful information and products related to Flat Head Syndrome.
I hope you find the information useful. If you have anything to add please use the contact form but please remember that this site if for general information and guidance. If you are concerned about the shape of your baby's head please talk to your midwife or doctor, or see a paediatric osteopath or other specialist. I have a clinic in Cheadle, South Manchester -for details click here. Sorry, I cannot provide advice via email or telephone.
Philip Owen, Paediatric Cranial Osteopath.