Positional Plagiocephaly 

This is referring to babies developing a flat or asymmetrical head shape. This can be caused before or after birth. The cause for this before birth is a crowded uterine environment. A woman could have a crowded uterine environment from having multiple babies at one time, the baby is large, the pelvis is small, not enough amniotic fluid, or if the baby is in the breech position and is stuck under the mothers ribs. After birth this is mostly caused by babies spending too much time lying on their backs or in a position where their head is resting against a flat surface. In Island Parent Magazine they give some tips on how to minimize the effects of pressure on the back of babies heads.

Tips on Minimizing Effects 

  • “All fours” position – during pregnancy a mother should spend some time on all fours, allowing the baby to move freely and releiving stress
  • Tummy time – supervised belly time each day 
  • Counter Positioning – keep the baby in different positions while sleeping
  • Limited time in car seat or recliner – babies have constant pressure on the back of their heads while in a car seat or recliner
  • Reshaping Therapy – there are now some clinics in children’s hospital’s in Canada

Things to Keep in Mind – Conclusion

When a baby is born their skull is very soft and is made up of five different plates. Thus causing the head to be easily molded. The first few months of a babies life is the most critical time to keep positional plagiocephaly in mind. Keep babies active and don’t allow for them to be in the same position all the time, or in the same position everytime they sleep.

Resources
“KidsHealth.” Positional Plagiocephaly (Flattened Head). Ed. Joseph H. Piatt, MD. Nemours, May 2011. Web. 25 Feb. 2013
Miller, BScN, Susan. “Protecting Your Baby’s Head Shape.” Protecting Your Baby’s Head Shape. N.p., 2007. Web. 25 Feb. 2013.

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