If your baby is suffering from flat head syndrome (also known as brachycephaly), ask yourself please? . Babies are born with naturally malleable heads and, in some cases, the flat head syndrome will naturally correct over time. However, in some situations, an intervention is needed to correct the shape of your child's head. So, should you seek treatment? This article will give you all the facts you need to make the right decision for you and your child.
What is the flat head syndrome?
Flat head syndrome, also known as brachycephaly, is a type of plagiocephaly (a type of skull deformity). It may sound serious and scary but it's actually very common. About 25% of babies suffer from some degree of plagiocephaly during their development. The flat head syndrome specifically refers to the flattening of the skull at the back of the head. Babies with flat head syndrome may have enlargement of the head which, in severe cases, may swell the anterior part of the skull. This condition can have an effect on the alignment of the eyes and ears, giving a "lazy" effect.
Flat head syndrome is one of the most common forms of plagiocephaly, all the more so as to ensure that their babies sleep on their backs to avoid SIDS ( Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). The skulls of babies are naturally malleable up to 18 months after birth and the fact of spending long periods in a position can have a flattened effect.
Will the flat head syndrome correct itself naturally?
This is often the most important question on the lips of parents. Often, doctors are not particularly helpful when asked about brachycephaly – they tend to say that these conditions usually subside naturally unless the condition is extreme. Although this is often true, it is not always the case. Unfortunately, the professional correction window is small because after 18 months, a baby's skull loses its malleability.
Getting a professional scan to judge the severity and need for correction is a good way to evaluate being left safe to be developed or where it needs correction before the window does not close. Unfortunately, the NHS generally considers these scanners and these treatments as purely cosmetic, so you may need to find a private clinic to help you make that decision.
For the majority of babies, the flat head syndrome will resolve itself overtime. There are some natural "home remedies" that you can try to speed up the process. These may include:
- Belly Moment – keep your baby on his forehead as much as possible during the day and encourage him to change position regularly.
- chop and change – when it is bedtime change the position of the toys and mobiles and the direction of your little one sleeps in bed. This can encourage them to sleep on different areas of the head