Health Tip: Ways to Treat Positional Plagiocephaly

-- Positional plagiocephaly, also called flattened head syndrome, typically occurs when a young infant repeatedly sleeps in the same position.

The Nemours Foundation offers this list of potential treatment options:

  • Alternate which side of the head your baby sleeps on.
  • If your pediatrician approves, use a sleep wedge to help baby sleep on alternating sides.
  • Move your baby's crib to a different area of the room if baby is turning the head to look at something, such as a window.
  • Give baby plenty of tummy time during the day.
  • Severe positional plagiocephaly may require treatment with a custom-made helmet or head band.

Posted: May 2010


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