This is a discussion on Plagiocephaly (flat head syndrome) within the General Parenting Discussion forum, part of the Growing Up & Parenting category; Has any mummy brought your kid to see a doctor for this? Care to share your experience?...
Has any mummy brought your kid to see a doctor for this?
Care to share your experience?
pediatrician also comented dear son's back of the head very flat. only told us dont give him dimple pillow and sarong. didnt say need to do any trewatment lik what jasobias mummy said =)
We did this while we were staying at USA. My son get treated due to plagio by wearing a 'helmat' for 11 weeks. His head shape is flatter on the left side. We did this mainly for his ear infection issue, also due to phyco issue; dont't want his friends or schoolmates to laugh at him due to the mis-shape head and cos lot of emotional problem later on.
1. The doc will took lots of photos of his head to show us the plagio position.
2. Took some measurement of head.
3. Then, son wore special hat, to took 3-D head shape photos, used to made helmat.
4. 2 week later when the helmat is ready, he started to wore it.
5. Every week, went back to doc for consultation and adjustment of helmat.
I have read about the helmet but not sure if it is available in singapore and if it is suitable for 2 mths old infant.
Brought dear daughter to see another paediatrician (due to time and distance) for her facial rashes but he also commented on her flatten head on the left side as she always turn to her left.
What our previous paed told us was that there is nothing we can do but what this paed said is that we need to rectify it as early as possible because it will either stay that way or take years to 'heal'.
As dear daughter always turn to the same side, the opposite neck muscle (or is it vein?) is stronger than another. This might cause her to grow up with a slanted head. The paed said we have to force her to face another side, me and my husband's heart really tear when he demostrated how to.
If possible, do the head execise about 5X a day. We did that. It might feel heart pain initially, but things will get easier, as both of you (you and your gal) get use of it. It really help.
Hold your gal in a way that will bend her head against the tighten muscle. That way, both of you will feel better too.
Our son wore the helmat while he is about 3 mths old. If I remember correctly, the nearest place of "profesional helmat ped' from Singapore is at Korea, as our USA ped gave us the info in case we have any issue when we come back to Singapore. (sorry I lost the info, else will share.) I heard that Singapore hospital also have this 'helmat' treatment, but not sure which one, and how good they are.
In a way, gal gal is still fine, as you can cover the flatten part with hair unlike boy; if you dont't mind me saying this. Eventually, it is you who have to be sure that you are fine with her head shape. If not try to find way to help, at least later on when she grow up, she know you try .
The helmat treatment help quiet a lots with my boy head shape, thank god for that. His head is still flat when you look at the back, but at least the left side had grow rounded out, and look even as compare with the right side head. No one will notice until I purposely mention his flat spot to others.
Sorry, need to add this.
Try observe your gal gal face. See whether there is any obvious asymmetry. Most of the time, the flat spot will affect baby facial symmetry. (I know, we all have asymmetry face). Like flatter left head at back, the left side face will be more forward etc... If not obviouse, then nevermind , if obviouse to the extend it disturb you, then seek help.
reviving this thread.
my baby girl's head is very asymmetrical. she's four months old.
anybody else's baby with flat/asymmetrical head?
by the way, it's not that I put her in a pram all the time. in fact, I carry her a lot, and in my carrier, most of the day. still, her head is flat. so please no blaming me about how I let this happen. some babies are just luckier, or more predisposed to having a round head.
Did you try to move your baby's head to the other side when she is sleeping on the bed?
Maybe you can try this newborn pillow from BabySafe.
What I did was keep turning baby's head to the other side when he was asleep.
Thanks Mei. Of course, of course, I do that! I do that till I lose sleep. I keep turning her head and she turns it back to her righ. I stay up till so late to do it. When I woke up in middle of night I do it. Then she turned it back and I stayed up to turn it back again. Till I only have 4 hours of sleep. Sigh. Of course us parents turn our babies head whn it's flat on one side. I also carry her so much in the day to not have any pressure on her head.
Was wondering any of your babies flat head got rounder as they grew older?
My almost 5 month baby has a really flat head. I'm not worried about cosmetic issue but more worried about brain development.
I do not know if it will affect the brain development?
Some website mentioned that it will affect brain development and delay in learning, but some website say is purely cosmetic. I'm confused.