Positional Plagiocephaly: A Parent’s Guide to Prevention and Treatment


As a parent, you want to ensure that your child is healthy and happy. One condition that you may come across during your parenting journey is positional plagiocephaly, also known as flat head syndrome. This condition can occur when a baby’s head develops a flat spot due to prolonged pressure on one part of the skull.


There are several steps you can take to prevent positional plagiocephaly in your baby:

  • Change your baby’s head position regularly when they are sleeping or lying down

  • Give your baby plenty of supervised tummy time to strengthen their neck and shoulder muscles

  • Avoid prolonged time in car seats, bouncers, and swings

  • Use a firm, flat mattress for your baby’s sleep surface


If you notice that your baby is developing a flat spot on their head, there are steps you can take to help improve the condition:

  • Change your baby’s head position regularly and encourage them to look in different directions

  • Use recommended tummy time activities to help strengthen your baby’s neck and shoulder muscles

  • Discuss with your pediatrician about the possibility of using a cranial helmet for more severe cases


Positional plagiocephaly is a common condition that can be prevented and treated with the right steps. By being proactive and implementing the recommended prevention and treatment methods, you can help your child avoid developing a flat spot on their head. Remember to consult with your pediatrician if you have any concerns about your baby’s head shape, and they can provide you with personalized advice and guidance.


Q: How do I know if my baby has positional plagiocephaly?

A: Look for signs such as a flat spot on the back or side of the head, uneven ears, or a misshapen skull. Your pediatrician can also assess your baby’s head shape during regular check-ups.

Q: Will my baby’s head shape improve on its own?

A: In many cases, repositioning and tummy time can help improve the shape of your baby’s head. However, if the condition does not improve, your pediatrician may recommend using a cranial helmet.