Positional Plagiocephaly: What Every Mom Needs to Know for Baby’s Health


Welcome, mamas! Today, we’re going to talk about a common condition called positional plagiocephaly and what you need to know to ensure your baby’s health and well-being.

What is Positional Plagiocephaly?

Positional plagiocephaly, also known as flat head syndrome, is when a baby’s head becomes misshapen due to prolonged pressure on one spot. This can happen when a baby spends a lot of time lying on their back, such as during sleep or when using a car seat or stroller.

How to Prevent Positional Plagiocephaly

There are several ways you can help prevent positional plagiocephaly in your baby:

  • Provide plenty of supervised tummy time when your baby is awake

  • Alternate the side of the head your baby sleeps on

  • Avoid leaving your baby in car seats, bouncers, or swings for extended periods of time

  • Hold your baby upright during feeding and playtime

When to Seek Help

If you notice your baby’s head becoming flat or misshapen, it’s important to talk to your pediatrician. They can provide guidance on possible treatment options, such as physical therapy or specialized helmets.


Positional plagiocephaly is a common condition that can be prevented with some simple steps, such as supervised tummy time and alternating your baby’s sleeping position. If you notice any signs of flat head syndrome, don’t hesitate to reach out to your pediatrician for help and guidance.


Q: Is positional plagiocephaly dangerous for my baby?

A: While it is not usually dangerous, it can affect your baby’s head shape and development if left untreated.

Q: How long should my baby have tummy time each day?

A: Aim for at least 30 minutes of tummy time spread throughout the day, starting from birth.