Katherine Penny, D.O.
Babies grow and develop at incredible rates. To accommodate this, their body composition is much different than that of a full-grown adult, or even an elementary-aged child. To adjust to a quickly-growing brain, an infant’s skull is soft and flexible. It’s a marvel of nature that the body can change like this, but it also puts babies at risk of developing a condition called flat head syndrome.
Flat head is a condition when a baby’s skull is misshapen or more flat on one side as a result of inconsistent pressure on all sides of the head. There are two types of flat head:
Flat head syndrome may cause one side of your baby’s head to bulge or facial features to be asymmetrical
Though approximately one in five babies develops flat head syndrome, the condition is easily preventable. For the most part, prevention just includes switching your baby’s position so that pressure is not always on one side of the head. This can be accomplished through a few methods:
Often, flat head rounds out naturally over time. However, if your baby’s head does not seem to be adjusting or if you believe there is excessive flattening, talk to your pediatrician.