Conquering Plagiocephaly: A Mom’s Story

Head shape

When my daughter was born, I never thought I would be faced with the challenges of plagiocephaly. Plagiocephaly, also known as flat head syndrome, occurs when a baby’s head develops a flat spot due to external pressure. As a first-time mom, I was devastated when I noticed the misshapenness of my daughter’s head. I felt overwhelmed and worried about how this would impact her development. However, through persistence and dedication, I was able to conquer plagiocephaly and help my daughter thrive.

Understanding Plagiocephaly

Before diving into my journey, it’s important to understand what plagiocephaly is. Many babies develop flat spots on their heads due to spending a lot of time on their backs, which is recommended to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). This positioning can lead to pressure on the skull, resulting in a flattened area. In some cases, plagiocephaly can also be caused by positioning in the womb or by torticollis, a condition where the neck muscles tighten, causing the head to tilt to one side.

My Journey

When I first noticed the flat spot on my daughter’s head, I immediately brought it up to her pediatrician. The pediatrician confirmed that she had plagiocephaly and recommended repositioning techniques and tummy time to alleviate the pressure on her skull. However, despite diligently following these recommendations, the flat spot did not improve.

Feeling frustrated, I sought out the help of a pediatric cranial specialist who suggested a helmet therapy. At first, I was hesitant about the idea of making my baby wear a helmet, but the specialist assured me that it would help reshape her skull and prevent any further complications. I decided to proceed with the helmet therapy and it was the best decision I made for my daughter’s health.

Conquering Plagiocephaly

The helmet therapy was a commitment that required regular adjustments and check-ins with the specialist, but I was determined to do whatever it took to help my daughter. After several months of consistent helmet wear, I started to see significant improvement in the shape of her head. I also made sure to continue repositioning techniques and encourage tummy time to support her development.

Seeing the Results

As time went on, my daughter’s head became rounder and the flat spot gradually disappeared. I was overjoyed to see her head taking on a more natural shape, and I was grateful for the progress we had made. Today, my daughter is a happy and healthy toddler, and I am proud to have conquered plagiocephaly alongside her.


My experience with plagiocephaly taught me the importance of persistence and seeking out the right medical support. If you’re a parent facing similar challenges, know that there are solutions available and that you’re not alone in this journey. With patience and dedication, plagiocephaly can be conquered, and your child can thrive.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the symptoms of plagiocephaly?

Common symptoms of plagiocephaly include a visibly flat spot on the baby’s head, uneven or disproportionate facial features, and potential neck stiffness or tightness.

When should I seek medical help for plagiocephaly?

If you notice persistent flatness or asymmetry in your baby’s head, it’s important to consult with a pediatrician. They can assess the severity of plagiocephaly and recommend appropriate interventions.

Is helmet therapy the only solution for plagiocephaly?

No, repositioning techniques and tummy time are often recommended as initial interventions. However, in cases where plagiocephaly does not improve with these methods, helmet therapy can be a beneficial option.