July 2013 Moms
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Flat head

I have become more and more concerned about EL's head.  I have been saying for a week that her head looks flat on the side and DH keeps saying no and that it's fine.  Well today I told him to look again and he finally admitted that it is flat.

I know this is normal and happens to about 20% of 4 month old babies, but I'm still worried.  I'm going to call the pediatrician to be seen, but until then I wanted to get some advice from other moms.  What do you do for your baby's head?  There are a lot of pillows on the market for this, can anyone recommend the best one?

Any advice is appreciated..


 

Baby girl #1 7/11/13

Baby girl #2 4/30/15

Baby Boy Due 2/16/19!




 

Re: Flat head

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    fieldpetalfieldpetal member
    edited October 2013
    Dashiell has a flat spot on the right side because he sleeps with his head turned to the right, but it's gotten a lot better. I don't use a pillow. I do several little things that have helped a lot. I spoke to his dr about it and he said what I was doing was great and gave me a few more exercises--the same ones they do for torticollis--and said he needs to stretch his neck muscles on the other side. Mostly what I do is extra tummy time, and laying him on his back encouraging him to turn his head to the left. I read to him while he's on his back and hold the book on his left side. I also put a mirror there and the iPad with this Fisher Price app that has a piano he likes to play. I saw improvement right away.



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    KikiCohenKikiCohen member
    edited October 2013

    We've been dealing with this since P was about a month old.  He's received PT and cranio-sacral therapy since around that time (we had him evaluated by Early Intervention based on his birthweight and they were concerned about his inability to lift his head while on his tummy, so that's really what started the PT).  We do a lot of stretches, exercises, and basically encourage him to look to the right.  He has greatly improved in his range of motion, but we can't get him to sleep without laying on his flat spot.  We never tried the Noggin Nest or anything like that b/c P would probably just push it away.  We have an appt with a specialist on Friday to see if he requires a helmet.  FWIW- We saw three different pediatricians (at 1 month, 2 months, and 4 months) before they would finally believe me.

    ETA: As for my advice: Definitely talk to the pediatrician.  Until then, just try to keep her off the flat spot as much as possible.  P will turn his head and watch the TV if we prop him on the Boppy, so that's a suggestion.  I let him nap on his tummy while I hold him to keep him off the spot too.

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    My DS has a flat spot on the back of his head (I think from the RnP) and he always holds his head to the left side when he looks at things.  I was really concerned at the last visit because it seemed extreme to me, but the pediatrician was not.  He suggested everything @fieldpetal mentioned.    
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    Does she tilt her head to one side? Or collect more junk in her neck on that side? DD had torticollis and I never noticed until she was 2 or 3 months old. Now I look back at pictures and wonder how I couldn't have noticed. Coming from a mom who did 8 months of PT to get her neck straight, I would absolutely go in if it doesn't seem right.
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    @babykk and @KikiCohen were your LOs uncomfortable turning to the other side and/or fussy when they were placed on the other side?  That's what my pedi told me to look for.  After hearing everyone else's experiences I am definitely asking again.  
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    @babykk I haven't noticed her tilting her head more to one side than the other. 

    I spoke to the pediatrician and he asked me a bunch of questions about her sleeping.  I told her she has been sleeping in the RNP for the past few weeks because of congestion.  He said he sees a lot of flat heads from babies that sleep in the RNP.  He told me to do basically everything you have all suggested.  I have her 4 month appointment on the 18th.  He said if I don't see an improvement in the next week to call again and he will see her.  If it seems to be improving, just wait until her check up appointment.


     

    Baby girl #1 7/11/13

    Baby girl #2 4/30/15

    Baby Boy Due 2/16/19!




     

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    @anr02 P is fussy if we try too hard to reposition his head.  Not like he's in pain, just bothered.  He also has trouble supporting his head when we hold him upright.  He has amazing head control when on his tummy though, so we're not sure if it's all related.  He's not fussy at all if we get him to turn his head with sound, lights, etc.
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    @anr02
    My DD hated tummy time, hated the bumbo and got fussy when we tried to turn her head or stretch her out. She is almost 5 now and looks like a normal kid. But that torticollis is nothing to mess around with!

    @erinm278
    Definitely keep an eye on it! Hoping that it's just from the RNP! Keep us updated :)
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