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The Signs and Symptoms of Plagiocephaly in Your Baby

Apr 26th 2020 at 5:48 AM

Some infants have unusually shaped skulls or have problems with their neck that cause them to carry the head at an angle. Perhaps you have noticed that, in pictures, the baby’s head is always held on a slant, and the baby fusses if you correct it.

Your child may have muscular torticollis, a condition caused by spasms in the sternocleidomastoid muscle of the neck, causing the muscle to contract on one side. An infant with this condition often appears to be tilting her head to one side while rotating his or her chin in the opposite direction.

Medical help is necessary if you believe your child has the condition. Pediatricians believe that up to two percent of infants may suffer from some degree of torticollis.

Sternocleidomastoid contracture is often the result of intrauterine positioning or a traumatic birth. When a baby is crowded so tightly into the uterus that he or she can't move, contractures may develop, and the baby’s range of motion may be affected. Babies delivered with forceps, breach babies, and multiples are all at a higher risk of developing this condition. Torticollis is likewise connected with contaminations and cervical irregularities (which your pediatrician should preclude before treatment can start).

While not every infant who shows signs and symptoms of plagiocephaly has problems with neck muscles, most infants with the condition go on to develop plagiocephaly because of their inability to move their heads.

If your baby has flat head syndrome, you will notice that either the back or one side of her skull has less hair than the rest of his or her head and that the underlying area appears to be flat.

Infants' heads are soft for the brain growth that takes place during the first two years of life; flat head syndrome occurs when an infant spends too much time in one position (as a result of the soft skull).

The treatment for torticollis often involves physiotherapy with Cranial Remolding Helmet in New York. The therapist will work on exercises that gently stretch the sternocleidomastoid muscle to increase the child’s range of motion. Parents will be instructed on an exercise program that they can do with their baby at home to help the child.

Flat head syndrome can often be corrected by simply repositioning a baby's head so that he or she is never lying on the flat spot. In severe cases, a Starband Helmet in New York will mold the skull correctly.

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