Crooked Head [Flattened Head Syndrome]
Positional Plagiocephaly, Flattened Head Syndrome
Information about crookedness and its treatment. The crooked head is also called a flattened head syndrome.
What is a crooked head?
Curvature is a medical term that means roughness of the scalp. It is also called a flattened head syndrome. The crooked head does not affect the child’s brain development, but it does affect the child’s appearance. It causes uneven growth of the baby’s head and mouth.
Causes of crookedness
The scalp is uneven on both sides
Deformed shape of the skull due to normal shape and spot position when viewed from above.
If the child lies on his back and keeps his head tilted to one side for a long time, his head may be slightly smoother.
By the age of 12 months, the baby’s head bones are thin and flexible. This makes your baby’s head very soft and easily adapted to any shape. Because the baby’s scalp is soft, constant pressure on one side of the scalp causes the scalp to become uneven. If your child is always lying on his back and prefers to look in one direction, part of his skull may be uneven.
Avoid crooked heads
Change the baby’s condition frequently to prevent the scalp from becoming rough. Lay the baby on his stomach to play several times a day. Choose a strong surface like a carpet or mat floor to play with.
“Tommy Time” will also help your child:
- In controlling his head
- Strengthening the muscles of his upper body
- In learning to change
- Accessing objects
- In learning to crawl
How To Make Time More Fun
- Playing with the baby lying on his stomach, supported by a towel wrapped around his chest.
- Here are some ways to teach your child to like the time they play on their stomach:
- Lay your baby on your chest. This is a great way to get your baby into the habit of lying on his stomach.
- Lay your baby on his stomach after each diaper change. Slightly increase the duration of tummy time each day.
- Place a towel wrapped around your baby’s chest to help him lie on his stomach.
- Hold the towel in front and support your baby’s hands.
- Give the baby many interesting things to watch while lying on his stomach. Place brightly colored toys and glass in front of it.
A child lying on his side, supported by a crib roll on his back.
Even if there is a rough spot on your baby’s scalp, you may still be able to get it right. You may need to talk to your doctor about changing your baby’s condition during waking and sleeping. This is called counter positioning. To change your child’s position, you will need to turn your child at an angle of about 45 degrees from the waist.
Use strong round cradles to prevent the baby from turning over. Doing so will relieve the pressure from the rough surface. When your baby’s scalp is not smooth and round, you should put your baby to a new position. Changing the condition works best when your baby is less than 6 months old. This is because your baby’s scalp is still softer and more likely to keep your baby lying in one position. Counter positioning encourages your child to look at places where they may not like to look.
What To Do If Your Child Only Looks One Way.
If your child prefers to look the same way, encourage him to look in such a place. Where he doesn’t like to watch and keep doing it until then. Until they start looking the same on both sides. Here are some steps you can take: Use mobile phones or brightly colored toys to encourage your child to look in any direction during play hours.