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    my ds is 3 months old and I've noticed he favours sleeping his head facing to the right. I've started to try and very gently ensure he goes down with it facing to the left but he always seems to work it back to the right! I've noticed the right side of his head seems a little flatter than the left side. not sure what to do to sort this out!? I don't want him to end up in a helmet!?

    we do tummy time and I try to minimize the amount of time he spends laying on his back but when they sleep so much it's hard!

    any tips hubbers? xx

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    I have always been cautious of this as some babies from my older daughter's mum's groups had flat or mishapen heads and it altered their appearance..maybe try placing a rolled up towel next to his head on the side that is flatter to try and prevent him from turning his head to his favourite side. When your little man is asleep just try and get into the habit of moving his head to the other side gently and eventually just make sure he spends around the same time on both sides.
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    During awake time I did as much tummy time as possible, and also used something, a rolled up wrap for example, next to the side of the head to shop bub turning that way. I can't recall now (was 13years ago!) but I think I also used something firm in the cot as well...but it may be against SIDS recommendations now.

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    Oh I just remembered I did a lot of side play when awake, using a rolled towel behind the back

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    DD seemed to favour her right too.

    One night I turned the bassinet so her head faced the other way, and she turned to the left! Seems she likes to face the door???

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    My ds started getting a flat spot on his head so we saw a physio who did some very gentle massage....it did the trick. Looking back at lots of his photos, he always had his head turned the same way, poor lil man. Really glad we got it sorted. Oh and lots and lots of tummy time. His head shape is perfectly fine now.

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    Physio, they will massage and give you good exercises to encourage him to turn his head the other way. Be sure to find one that has a good reputation with children. Their heads are so soft, if you get it addressed to now, he'll be fine my son was the same, perfectly shaped head now!

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    I used a doughnut pillow which worked for DD

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    Baby/children's Physio. We took ds1 to one in Melb (around 6 wks old I noticed this same problem), and she gave us stretches to do (not fun but effective) daily. We had it resolved in about 3 weeks from memory.

    Obviously try to encourage him to look to the other side as much as possible (toys/night lights on change table etc), rotate him in the bassinet so he sleeps upside down (or rotate the bassinet), as he may favour facing a window or other light source. If possible gently move his head while he is asleep to face the other side (in a deep sleep) unless it's so bad that the tightness (in his neck) causes it to snap straight back to the preferred side. Be mindful of always carrying him on one side etc - hold him in a way that forces him to turn his head to the other side if possible.

    We were advised against donut pillows etc.

    Get it looked at ASAP as it can get worse and harder to resolve. It's really common so don't stress. The stretches were crucial for our DS1 as his neck tightness was so bad he couldn't turn his head to the opposite side past a certain point. They should be able to follow an object complryrly

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    We got a referral to the children's physio at community health from our child health nurse. I think we had 3-4 sessions in total, it was free. She gave us exercises to do with DD to encourage her to turn her head the way she didn't like to, side play, using mirrors etc. They told me there was a 6 week wait, but i got a cancellation within a week and once we were in the system was no problem getting a appointments.
    Also used an osteopath but that's not everyone's cup of tea!

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