What is deformational plagiocephaly

The symmetry of the baby's head is of imperative importance to allow for proper facial development and to avoid orthodontics in later life.
It also takes care of early illnesses that many children suffer from.

What is deformational plagiocephaly

Postby Dr Amir (Dental Surgeon) » Wed, 10 Oct 2012, 8:43 pm

Deformational Plagiocephaly, also known as “Flathead Syndrome” is a condition characterised by a flattening on one side of the back of the head. It may also involve bulging of the forehead, fullness of the cheek and ear misalignment on the same side as the flattening.

Under the broad term “Flathead Syndrome” there are two other head shapes: Brachycephaly and Dolichocephaly also sometimes known as Scaphocephaly. In Brachycephaly the head is wide in relation to its length and appears flat at the back. The head may have a high “peaked” appearance, and sometimes both sides of the forehead can be bulged. Dolichocephaly is when the head is narrow in relation to length (front to back).

What Causes Flat Head Syndrome?

Deformational Plagiocephaly can be caused by a number of factors involving positioning such as extended time spent in a neonatal unit, the birth process, position in the womb and often the infant's preferred sleeping position. It can also be caused by a condition called Torticollis.

Normally any asymmetry settles in the first few weeks after birth. However, because the baby’s skull is still malleable and can be moulded by external forces any existing flattening may not necessarily disappear of its own accord.

What is Torticollis?

Torticollis is a condition in which a tight or shortened muscle in one side of the neck causes the head to tilt or turn to one side, resulting in the infant resting its head in the same position. It is important to have suspected Torticollis diagnosed and to have it treated by a specialist physiotherapist or cranial osteopath. LOC clinicians can advise you on this.

To avoid serious future orthodontic and health problems please have the babies checked in the first few months of life.

Treatment for Plagiocephaly which is of the utmost importance is obtainable at:

The London Orthotic Consultancy Ltd
LOC Manufacturing Ltd
Units 5-7 Canbury 2000 Business Park
Elm Crescent
Kingston upon Thames
T: +44 (0) 20 8974 9989
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