(Closed) Questioning Pediatrician’s Advice… Any insight helpful…

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
9824 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I’m no doctor, but I also said “huh?” to putting blankets around her head. Every single doctor I talked to when my daughter was an infant 100% said “NOTHING in the crib, as it can be a suffocation risk.” So definitely get a 2nd opinion. There is also headgear she can wear to even out the shape of her head. She’s adorable!

Post # 4
7082 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

It’s hard to tell from this picture whether she has concern for craniosynostosis or just positional plagiocephaly.

Rather than prop a 4 month old with pillows and blankets, I might ask about a referral to PT/OT to make sure she’s not got any residual torticollis. 

(Not posting as a pediatrician, just suggesting something to talk with your doc about)

Post # 5
1220 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

@Mrs. DG:  My husband used to do a lot of work with plagiocephaly and I fully agree that getting a referral is your best bet.  

Post # 7
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

I know nothing about this, but if I were you I’d probably get another apt. soon with a doctor that you know and trust more for a second opinion. And when making future apts, make sure you say you don’t want that doctor.

Post # 8
565 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Get a second opinion! I would NOT put blankets around her head, that sounds dangerous.

Post # 9
565 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Get a second opinion! I would NOT put blankets around her head, that sounds dangerous.

Post # 10
3866 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I’m gonna tattle on my FI’s sister.  Her twins HAVE “flat heads” due to leaving them in bouncers/car seats ALL THE TIME.  It was VERY obvious.  

I agree with the above PPs, especially @Mrs. DG:.  🙂

At home, I’d just keep giving the wee one lots of tummy-time, let her sleep on her tummy when someone is awake and around to keep an eye on her for trouble (aka check on her frequently), let her play in a johnny-jump-up (or whatever those things are you hang in the doorway for them to bounce in).

Also… what I did with my two was get a walker (the big huge round ones), stuff pillows around her to prop her up and keep her in place, and let her play in that.  Both my kids, and my two nephews, LOVED it.  They’d swing their feet and then squawk because they weren’t being moved!!!! You can move it easily with a foot while doing dishes, folding laundry, watching TV, reading, etc etc.

My Future Sister-In-Law said that her boys just needed to be off their heads more and, so far, she hasn’t needed to get any head-gear and their noggins ARE rounding out BECAUSE she’s keeping them off their heads more.  (They were born in Dec of 2010, but have had this problem for several months now.)

 OH!!!  She also has these little blue rubbery-type seats that they put the twins in.  They don’t have high backs and, since they can hold themselves up (finally) it’s also helpful for keeping their heads free.  

Hope this helps!!!!  And sorry for the rotten experience with baby doctors.  I had my OWN run-in with one and ignored HIS advice and did what we wanted (doc wanted therapy and I wanted my chiropractor).  My chiropractor solved my daughter’s problem with one visit, though we took her back for a second.

Sometimes, you just have to do what YOU think is best… and get a second opinion! 

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