Dealing with Plagiocephaly: What Every Parent Should Know


Dear parents,

If you have noticed that your baby’s head is becoming flat on one side, you may be dealing with a condition known as plagiocephaly. It’s important to understand what plagiocephaly is, what causes it, and how to treat it. In this article, we will provide you with all the information you need to know about dealing with plagiocephaly.

What is Plagiocephaly?

Plagiocephaly, also known as flat head syndrome, occurs when a baby’s head develops a flat spot, usually on one side. This can happen when a baby spends too much time lying in one position, such as on their back. It can also be caused by factors such as a tight uterus or a difficult delivery, which can result in pressure on the baby’s skull.

How to Prevent Plagiocephaly

One of the best ways to prevent plagiocephaly is to make sure that your baby is not laying in the same position for long periods of time. Alternate the side of the head your baby lays on, and provide plenty of supervised tummy time when your baby is awake. This will help strengthen their neck muscles and reduce the risk of developing a flat spot on their head.

Treatment Options

If you notice that your baby has developed a flat spot on their head, there are treatment options available. Your pediatrician may recommend repositioning techniques, physical therapy, or the use of a special helmet to help reshape your baby’s head. It’s important to consult with your pediatrician to determine the best course of action for your baby.

Support and Resources

Dealing with plagiocephaly can be overwhelming, but it’s important to remember that you are not alone. There are support groups and resources available to help you navigate through this experience. Connecting with other parents who have gone through similar situations can provide you with support and guidance.


Dealing with plagiocephaly can be challenging, but with the right information and support, you can help your baby overcome this condition. By understanding what plagiocephaly is, how to prevent it, and the available treatment options, you can make informed decisions for your baby’s health and well-being.


1. Can plagiocephaly be serious?

While plagiocephaly is not usually serious, it’s important to monitor your baby’s head shape and consult with your pediatrician if you have any concerns. In some cases, untreated plagiocephaly can lead to developmental delays or asymmetrical facial features.

2. How long does it take to correct plagiocephaly with a helmet?

The length of time a baby will need to wear a helmet to correct plagiocephaly can vary depending on the severity of their condition. On average, treatment with a helmet can take several months to a year.

3. What can I do to prevent plagiocephaly in my baby?

In addition to providing supervised tummy time and alternating your baby’s head position, you can also try using a special pillow or cushion that helps distribute the pressure on your baby’s head while they are lying down.