Plagiocephaly/Head-Turning Preference

Plagiocephaly/Head-Turning Preference

When your baby is born, labour can cause their head to become misshapen. This is normal and corrects within the first few weeks after birth.

If you have noticed that your baby is developing a flat spot on the back or side of his head, it could be due to a head-turning preference and a sign of plagiocephaly- this is the medical term for head flattening which is produced by pressure on the baby’s skull when lying in the same position for prolonged periods of time. Newborn babies have very soft skulls which are susceptible to being moulded or flattened.

It should be noted that this is cosmetic and does not cause any pressure on the brain or any developmental problems.

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