Plagiocephaly? Lurkers welcome

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Allie01979's picture
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Plagiocephaly? Lurkers welcome

I'm posting here for as much insight as possible. I know there were a couple on this board who's blossom were diagnosed with it and had the helmet.

Today when I was walking with William in the ergo carrier I noticed it and later while giving him an olive oil treatment for cradle cap DH noticed it. It seems to be on the right side, and I haven't noticed Torticollis (one reason for Plagiocephaly) I'll be more aware now and look for it. I do know that William sleeps alot more than Aidan ever did, and I'm not as anal about repositioning him each time he nurses at night or when he naps.

Anyway, here's a pic I took today of his greasy crooked noggin LOL. any insight would be helpful

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Lucas had this a little bit when he was a wee little thing. It was because both my mom and I tended to hold/feed him in our left arms! (So we think) The doctor did notice it then and so we just had to make sure we were holding him in different positions so that his head wasn't always resting in the same spot. I also did more tummy time, which he hated.

Anyway, not sure if this helps but thought I'd throw out my 2 cents. from the picture it looks similar to Lucas's head. It did get better in a couple of months.

PS- William is super adorable, crooked noggin or not!! Smile

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I don't anything about any of it other than what I've read here, but that kid's got a cute lil head!! I hope you get some answers! Have you talked to a doc at all about it, or is this just something that's recently become noticeable?

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thanks Steph, I kiss his little noggin all the time lol

Julie- I was wondering about it the other day, wondering if I was just seeing things, but DH bringing it up really made me look at it, since DH barely noticed when I went from bleach blond to brunette LOL, and now looking at the picture I really notice it. so really we just started discussing it today. I do have a doc appointment on the 26th so I'll talk to her then.

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Tristan has a really bad flat spot on the right side of his head. I'm sure he must have had Torticollis when he was first born. He always favored that side, but he was so colicky the first few months that I didn't dare try to reposition him. When I talked to the doctor at his 6 month appointment she was not concerned at all and said she had seen "way worse", but it was up to us if we wanted to look into a helmet since it was for cosmetic purposes. We've chosen to just let it be (although I have nothing against parents that chose use helmet therapy) and it has gotten alot better since he has started sitting up, spending time in the jolly jumper, on his tummy etc . . . his hair is also starting to cover it up. When I look at William's head I can just barely see it and would never have noticed with out you pointing it out. Tristan's is "way worse" (in the words of the doc) lol. You could always mention to the doctor if it bothers you, but I think just trying to keep him off of it when he is awake will really help Smile

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i think that is the cutest little greasy head!!!!! LOL!!!!!!! i know nothing about it, so i'm just going to give you (((((((((HUGS))))))))))) and wait to read what the others say!!!!! hopefully the doc will agree that maybe just some repositioning will help!!!!!!

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I think he'll probably do great with some re-positioning. It worked wonders for Brian, and his flat spot was way worse. The two most important things are to have him sleep with a rolled up blanket under his right side, so he's forced to face left and have the weight of his head on the left side. And when he's awake, do whatever you can to keep him off the back of his head. That was the hardest thing for me, because it's hard to keep little babies happy when they can't really be on their backs. I introduced Brian to the exersaucer way sooner than I otherwise would have (I had to prop him up with rolled up blankets). If I had to put him on a bouncy or on his back on the floor (you can only do so much tummy time at one time), I had him lay on his side and propped him up. We used tons of rolled up receiving blankets! lol I also wore him a ton and the Ergo and Bjorn and certain holds on the K'tan/Moby are great. Whatever keeps pressure off the back of his head. Bumbos are good, too. And once he starts rolling and hopefully decides to start sleeping on his tummy (and this happened literally overnight for Brian once he started rolling back to belly), you'll be in good shape.

I don't know if this would be possible for you or not, but one thing that really helped us with the decision about the helmet was getting him measured and then re-measured 6 weeks later. He had improved so much during those 6 weeks that we felt a lot better about not doing a helmet - but having the numbers in front of us was so helpful.

It could be the camera angle, but it looks like he has a bit of forehead bulge... but it's on the wrong side. Normally, the flat spot pushes everything forward, so his forehead should be bulging (if it's going to, Brian's never really did) on the right side. His doctor said that the first thing he looks at is the forehead bulge, because that's much more obvious in the future than anything going on in the back of the head.

I just happened to get a few videos of Brian today as he's started this gimpy sort of crawl. Smile This vid actually shows most angles of his head pretty well. Our biggest problem now is that as his hair is finally starting to come in a little, he's totally inherited my DH's awful cowlick right up at the top of his head. *sigh*

OK, here's the video. I just uploaded it, so it should be 'live' in a minute... dang it, i uploaded the wrong video!!! Sad OK, here we go...

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Max had that. I had (and still have it). But I am no expert on treatment. With Max, we just positioned him on the left when he slept and that mostly corrected it (not completely). FWIW, William's doesn't look bad, I bet you'll be advised to go with repositioning tactics too. I know a baby with a severe case - her face is distorted from it - and they are seeing a specialist. I'll let you know if I learn anything from their experience...

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Thanks everyone.

Ruth- unfortunately he inherited his Aunt's MASSIVE forehead, I don't think it has anything to do with the flat head, although it may, whol knows LOL. Brian's head looks good, I hope the repositioning will be sufficient for us too.

Karina- sure if you could get more info from your friend that would be great, in the mean time I'll just keep him off the right side of his head, the bumbo will get good use and maybe his neck will get stronger from it too lol

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:lurker: mommy to a blossom angel

Allie, my daughter had mild tortocollis and pretty severe plagiocephaly as a result of that combined with in utero positioning. We didn't treat her, we just used repositioning. Mind, she was in a hip brace so she had to sleep on her back (hip dysplasia) but she got a LOT better once she was able to sit. One thing that really helped was taking her to a pediatric physiotherapist who did some adjustments on her neck which helped relieve the tort. You don't need a referral in Ontario to see a physio, so something you might want to think about. My doctor, Dr. Sarah Burrows, at McMaster Children's hospital recommended it. Alicia's forehead bulged a lot and it is pretty much all better now. She will likely choose to wear bangs, but her head is shaped a lot like mine and its never bothered me. Feel free to ask any questions, I did a lot of research and am in Ontario so we have similar health care options.

Nicole

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Thanks Nicole, I do remember you. do you have pics of your daughter's forehead as a baby? I'm wondering now if William hasn't inherited his Aunt's massive forhead lol,here's a front view


and a side view (kind of)

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I have no experience with this, but looking at his head I can't see anything wrong with it!

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Allie, I do but I don't have them at work. I don't think his is bad at all really. Alicia's head was truely angular from the back and her forehead had a distinct bulge, William's looks prominent to me, but not bulging. I would mention it to your doctor, but it doesn't look too extreme at all. I agree with Ruth, have it measured, try some positioning and then have it measured again.

Nicole