When do you stop worrying about flat head? I think DS (16 weeks) has a little bit of flat head (not to bad but still just a little) and I'm wondering when I can stop worrying that it will get worse? And us there any way to fix it now if it is really flat head??
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17-03-2012 21:49 #1
17-03-2012 22:04 #2
My daughter never really liked tummy time so was on her back alot (also when sleeping) and when playing with her toys that hang over her she was on her back too! She had a flat head at the back, I was so stressed and worried about it (was always searching the net for answers lol) but health nurse told me it would go away, so Then I tried to lay her on her side a fair bit and more tummy time etc which did help as being on their side will even the head shape out!
Once she was rolling it was fine!
So you don't need to really stress hope this helps!
17-03-2012 22:16 #3
My DD is 5 months old and was born with a slight flat spot on the back of her head, so probably positional due to the way she lay in the womb. It's still there, and although my GP and MCHN weren't concerned, I asked for a referral to the Royal Children's Hospital clinic to get it checked out. The appointment is in May, when she is nearly 8 months old, which gives her head time to fix itself. If it gets better by itself I'll cancel the appointment.
Supposedly, it gets better once they are sitting and crawling because they don't spend so much time on their back. I never had this problem with DS, his head was always perfect, so this is all new to me too.
18-03-2012 19:18 #4Junior Member
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My son developed a flat spot at about 6weeks because he had a preference for looking to the right while he was lying down. He is now 6.5 months and is fine with only a very, very tiny flat spot (you wouldn't notice it just by looking at him).
I was totally freaking out at 6 weeks. We did a few chiro sessions to loosen up his neck so he would start turning both ways while sleeping. We also encourage lots of tummy time. Once he started rolling he would rarely lie on his back while awake. The doctor and maternal and child health nurse both said he would be OK but I was so concerned that I asked for a referral to the Royal Childrens. We had that appointment a couple of weeks ago and the specialist assessed that he was fine and the skull would continue to round out.
Apparently children's heads grow the most in the first 12 months so once your kidlet is rolling, sitting etc, there is a really good chance the flat spot will go away.
18-03-2012 19:34 #5
Does your baby favour positioning their head to a particular side? If so try lots of repositioning, especially when they are asleep. Persist with tummy time, it's very important! Easier alternatives include lying them on you tummy to tummy, holding them so their chest and tummy is on your forearm, lying them on the floor tummy down but being supported by a leg or rolled up towl under their chest. I used to leave DD on her tummy in her cot after a nappy change for a few seconds whilst I washed my hands.
I went through all of this with DS, he had quite a bad flat spot as he favoured looking one way, most likely because he was a very big baby and probably got squished that way in the womb.
18-03-2012 21:04 #6
He does favour his left side i've tried turning him so he's looking at nothing and putting things that normally interest him on the other side but he'd rather look at nothing.
He's not a fan of tummy time we try a little every day a few times a day but he usually throws up a lot when on his tummy and gets very upset. He's rolled over twice 2 weeks ago but now he just lays there and doesn't even try rolling anymore. I try to give him a little tummy time when he's on his change table (with me there of course) and he's happy to do that for a couple of minutes. I'm trying to be persistent and try not to pick him up as soon as he starts crying to see if he can sort himself out but when he seems pretty stressed I have to pick him up I feel horrible the sound he makes sounds like he's screaming bloody murder.
It's all baby steps and we'll get there I guess ;-) thanks for the advise everyone :-)
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