How to Prevent and Correct Plagiocephaly in Babies


Dear parents,

As your little one grows and develops, you may come across a common condition known as plagiocephaly, or flat head syndrome. This condition occurs when a baby’s head becomes flattened on one side, often due to extended periods of time spent lying on their back. But don’t worry, there are steps you can take to prevent and correct plagiocephaly in your baby. Let’s explore some tips and techniques to help ensure your baby’s head shape develops properly.


1. Tummy Time: Encourage tummy time when your baby is awake and supervised. This will not only help prevent flat spots on the back of their head but also aid in strengthening their neck and shoulder muscles.

2. Changing Positions: Alternate the side your baby sleeps on and the direction they face in their crib. This can help distribute the pressure on their head more evenly.

3. Babywearing: Using a carrier or wrap can reduce the time your baby spends lying in one position and allow for more movement and variety throughout the day.


If you notice signs of plagiocephaly in your baby, such as a flat spot on one side of their head, don’t worry. There are steps you can take to help correct the condition:

1. Repositioning: Change the way your baby lies down during naps and bedtime. Use cushions or special positioning devices recommended by your pediatrician to encourage your baby to turn their head in the opposite direction.

2. Physical Therapy: In some cases, physical therapy exercises can help correct plagiocephaly by strengthening neck muscles and encouraging your baby to move their head in different directions.

3. Helmet Therapy: In more severe cases, your pediatrician may recommend helmet therapy to reshape your baby’s head. These helmets are custom-fitted and can help guide your baby’s head growth in the right direction.


Remember, prevention is key when it comes to plagiocephaly, but if your baby does develop a flat spot on their head, there are ways to correct it. By following these tips and seeking guidance from your pediatrician, you can help ensure your baby’s head shape develops properly.


Q: Can plagiocephaly cause any long-term effects on my baby?

A: In most cases, plagiocephaly is a temporary condition that can be corrected with the right interventions. However, it’s always best to consult with your pediatrician to address any concerns you may have.

Q: How long does it take for plagiocephaly to improve?

A: With repositioning techniques and possible interventions like helmet therapy, you may start to see improvement in your baby’s head shape within a few weeks to a few months.

Q: Are there any risks associated with helmet therapy?

A: Helmet therapy is considered a safe and effective treatment for plagiocephaly. Your pediatrician will monitor your baby’s progress throughout the treatment to ensure there are no complications.