What is Plagiocephaly?

Plagiocephaly is a condition characterized by the asymmetrical distortion of the skull. The distortion of the skull is usually seen on either the left or right side of the head. Commonly afflicting infants, nearly one in two infants of today (47%) can have problems with plagiocephaly and pediatricians always recommend that one of ten babies should seek treatment as early as possible. Most of the time, plagiocephaly is characterized by a flat spot on the back or side of the head. This is nothing to be alarmed though because plagiocephaly can be cured and no, it doesn’t cause harm to the baby’s brain or its development.

A Nightmare for Parents?

Parents are always terrified of the thought that something bad may occur with the baby’s health. So it’s only natural that when faced with plagiocephaly, they become terrified for the development of their baby’s brain development. They are afraid that their child may have brain damage because of the baby’s misshapen head. When faced with plagiocephaly, parents should remain calm. The problem can be corrected but if left untreated, the shape of the baby’s head may remain flat on one side for good.

Cause and Treatment Options

What causes plagiocephaly? Many factors can actually affect the baby’s head development. A baby’s skull is still soft during the early years and you have to take good care of him/her especially when sleeping or when riding inside a vehicle. When a baby lean on to just one side when sleeping or lying down for a long time, that may very well affect his/her skull’s development, thus causing plagiocephaly. There many corrective devices that the baby can wear in order to mold the baby’s skull back to its round shape. You can talk to your pediatrician about it and also ask for recommendations about the treatment process.