Post # 1
Hi bees – been MIA a while just getting into the swing of things with my newborn!
Anyway – he’s 3 months old now, and I just noticed that his head has become misshapen! …the back of his skull has one side sort of flattened down.
He favours that side when on the change table, swing, lying on a blanket, etc.
So I’ve started placing a towel or receving blanket rolled up on that side when he lies down to encourage him to lie facing the other way, have started turning him on the change table and as well increased his tummy time.
But is this normal??? It makes sense with his skull being soft that it would shape this way if layed on too much but will it correct itself?! My poor guy I feel horrible!!
Post # 3
thats usually pretty common, cant do much about it now except try to make him rest on the other side, but no it will not go back because the skull is probabaly too hard now
Post # 4
@Sunshine09: It’s definitely not too late from what I’ve heard! Especially since he’s so young!
Here’s a quote from babycenter:
“Everyone’s skull is a bit asymmetrical. And in many cases, a flat spot on a baby’s head will round out on its own around 6 months of age, as she starts crawling and sitting up. Nevertheless, if you notice flattening of your baby’s head at any time, don’t wait – talk with her doctor about it right away.”
And of course linkage to read the whole article!
There’s lots of tips and good advice on it!
Post # 5
I wouldnt worry normally it will even out as he develop in the coming months and its actually pretty common. Some physicians only get involved if its an extreme case where it can hard the correct development of the spine and even then its normally just a helmet to help with the development. I have read many articles in the last few months on this and they are trying to find new regulations for baby gear that will help eliminate most of the risks but its nothing to worry unless you notice the curve at the base of the head is going completely straight which it sounds like you are fine
Post # 6
Not to scare you, but just another side of advice…..I was good friends with someone who’s son had a flat back/side of the head, it was literally so obvious…he never grew out of it, and coincidentally there was an article in the local newspaper talking about special helmets for kids with skull flatness as babies… I mentioned it to her at the time, and she never did it. He’s now like 5 years old and its still there.
I would definitely just have a doctor look at it, on the safe side.
Post # 7
This is SO common! I know it’s hard, but definitely don’t worry (unless your doctor indicates you should). Almost all babies prefer one side and wind up with a flat spot!
It’ll go away when your baby gets a little older and can life their head more easily!