You can help your baby’s head return to a more rounded shape by altering her position while she’s asleep, feeding and playing. Changing your baby’s position is called counter-positioning or repositioning. It encourages the flattened areas of your baby’s head to reshape naturally.
How long does it take for a baby’s head to round out?
It can take 9-18 months before a baby’s skull is fully formed. During this time some babies develop positional plagiocephaly.
Is it OK if my baby sleeps with her head to the side?
Most parents know that the safest way to put their baby to sleep is on its back. Babies who sleep on their backs are much less likely to die of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Babies who always sleep with their head to the same side can develop flat spots.
When is it too late to correct a flat head?
When treatment starts at the optimum age of 3-6 months, it usually can be completed within 12 weeks. Correction is still possible in babies up to age 18 months, but will take longer.
Can flat head correct itself after 6 months?
Plagiocephaly usually fixes itself as your baby grows, but sometimes treatment is needed. Help prevent plagiocephaly by giving your baby tummy time and alternating his head position.
Do pillows help with baby flat head?
Many parents consider using baby pillows to prevent flat heads in their infants. However, it is usual for some babies to develop slightly flat areas on their heads when they sleep on their backs. This usually resolves itself after a few months, as they begin to sit up and crawl on their own.
Does Flat Head correct itself?
In most cases they aren’t a major cause for concern, as they don’t have any effect on the brain and the head shape will often improve by itself over time. Your baby won’t experience any pain or other symptoms, or any problems with their general development.