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Is my baby's flat head dangerous?

Also known as “positional plagiocephaly”, experts agree that a flat head is rarely a serious condition and can be avoided if parents make a conscious effort to change the direction the infant’s head faces when they are on their backs.

In the vast majority of the cases when a baby develops a flattened head, the problem usually resolves with time (by six months to one year of age) as the baby spends more time awake and begins to roll, sit and crawl. The use of helmets (usually costing in the range of $2,000) or surgery to correct this is rarely needed. It is recommended that parents consult  their doctor if they are concerned about a more abnormal flattening of the head to eliminate the possibility of a more serious condition such as torticollis (a tightening of the muscles of one side of the neck) or craniosynostosis (a very rare premature closing of the sutures of the skull).

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