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    Default Flat head 5 month old - what can i do to fix it

    hi I have a 5 month old baby who has a really really flat head, i have tried the tetra pillow, i have tried soft pillows under his head during the day, i have tried the rolls to keep him on his side but he wriggles until he is back on his back. I have bought a bumbo chair and a jumperoo to keep him upright longer but nothing seems to be changing. can anyone give me some advice???

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    Quote Originally Posted by ml77 View Post
    hi I have a 5 month old baby who has a really really flat head, i have tried the tetra pillow, i have tried soft pillows under his head during the day, i have tried the rolls to keep him on his side but he wriggles until he is back on his back. I have bought a bumbo chair and a jumperoo to keep him upright longer but nothing seems to be changing. can anyone give me some advice???
    I'd get a referral to a peadiatrician as a starting point. If you're in WA, I know a great one.

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    No we are in QLD (remote) I will have to check to see when a pead is out here next i dont think they frequent this area much. my husband took him to the doctor and they told him not to worry and that her nieces baby had the same thing and it corrects itself over time once he learns to sit up by himself, i'm not convinced though it looks very severe, from the top of his head looking down it looks like a D shape the back is completely flat. the doctor said alot of parents who follow the SIDS guidelines have babies with really flat heads. maybe sids need to come up with something safe for babies to lay on that will keep their head round??? I was told there are special helmets you can get (extreme) but it wouldn't work for us we are too far away drive to brisbane to have it adjusted every few weeks as recommended. tricky - painfully tricky

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    DS2 had a really flat patch on the back of his head. I was so worried about it. I tried everything to keep his head on one side but no matter what I did his head would just fall to the flat spot. I would even put him in his bouncer and put the tv on a kiddie show and angle it so he was forced to keep his head one way (so he could watch tv).

    MCHN wasnt too worried about. They have a chart where they measure against mild, moderate or severe so whereas I thought it look severe (especially as he didnt have much hair!) it wasnt as bad as I thought. They worry when the flat spot is severe enough that it starts to change the face shape.

    So basically I just did what you did....kept trying him to favour the other side and he has grown out of it (he is 5 now).

    I know that there is still a small flat spot where it was only because I know its there but as time goes its reducing. I shave his hair all the time and you honestly cant see a thing. I reckon in another couple of years it will be gone completely.

    Oh yeah....the only other thing was if it was getting really severe they do say that bubs can have physio to loosen up the neck muscles as if they keep favouring one side it can start to tighten and bubs will favour the flat side because they cant easily turn their head as their neck muscles are too tight.

    If your GP isnt worried then just keep doing what you are doing and it will sort itself out.

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    You don't have much choice... Of its severe then you need to make the long trips to brisbane to have the helmet put on and adjusted... At 6 months our son was referred from the child health nurse (Qld) to public physio therapist, they gave us exercises to do, if those didn't help much then the only other option was the helmet.

    Our son is 5 and still has a crooked head, but it's not all that noticeable to strangers.

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    Is he able to turn his head to opposite side to the flat spot?. My DS had a moderate flat head and his CHN referred us to the Pediatric Physiotherapy dept at our local hospital to check out the muscles is his neck. She recommended getting him to turn to the other side every time I changed him by showing him a toy and getting him to turn his head toward it with his shoulders flat. Position yourself on the opposite side to the flat spot so he has to turn to that side to see you. Spend lots of time in the Bumbo. Hold him in the other arm so he turns the other way. Lots of tummy time. The Physio said a flat spot happens quickly but is a lot slower to fix itself. So don't expect improvement in a week/month. Just keep it up and once he is sitting unaided it will help a lot. My DS is 13 months now and you can't notice it now, although he now has a head of curly hair which could be disguising it some.

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    I think if nothing else works they give you a helmet to put on baby for a period of time, I know it's a worry but if you're remote and can't see a doctor for a while I can tell you that my DH has an extremely flat head and he's fine... except for having to get weird haircuts :-)

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    At 5 months babies are still spending a lot of time on their back - sleeping and playing.

    As they can sit, crawl, roll etc they spend less and less time on the back of their head - you will most likely notice that his head will become less flat over the coming months.

    He's still very little and his head still has a lot of growing to do. I wouldn't be too worried yet. But, still take him to the dr and ask what they say if you're really concerned.

    At around 5 months we bought DS a walker so that even though he couldn't sit unassisted he could sit in his walker. This meant he was spending less time on his back when playing.

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    Is the flat spot right behind his head or on one side? I went through this with my DS, he had a flat spot on one side because he strongly favoured looking and sleeping with this head turned to the right. We had to keep moving his head when he was asleep and encourage him to look left when he was awake as well as work on his neck strength. (This was on the advice of a specialist physio.) Does he get much tummy time? How's his neck strength? If he hates tummy time there are things you can do to help that don't involve just putting him on his tummy on the floor and him crying (my DS did this).

    I would start by being vigilant about turning his head in opposite directions when he's asleep and making sure he has full neck control. I've made quite a few posts on BH before about this and the advice the physio gave me, I'm about to go out now but you can use the search function to find posts where I list all the advice the physio gave me.

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    His head is completely flat on the back, we sleep with a torch pointing at the wall so he can look at it if he wakes in the night so he will fall asleep looking at it. We tried all the stabilsers to have him on his side, special pillows, lights, torchs, he spends alot of time in his bumboo chair and a bit of time in his jumperoo to try and take the pressure of his head, he does tummy time but gets frustrated, his neck is very strong. hoping if he ends up with curly hair like his daddy it won't be noticeable, you can't tell from the front of his face that it is flat only when he turns his head or looks down.


 

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