Advertisement

What is plagiocephaly in children?

Thomas A. Imahiyerobo, MD
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Plagiocephaly is head flattening that usually occurs from external pressure on the skull (supine sleeping). This does not require surgery (unlike craniosynostosis) and generally improves with conservative management or no treatment at all. A craniofacial plastic surgeon will make sure that the child does not have craniosynostosis and then will be able to assess whether or not the child requires any intervention at all.
Plagiocephaly is a condition in which a child's head is not shaped correctly. You may notice these things:
  • flattening of the back or side of the head
  • bulging of the forehead and cheek on one side
  • one eye looking larger than the other
  • a pushed forward ear on the flattened side
  • tilted jaw

Continue Learning about Children's Health

Keep the Conversation Going with Your Toddler
Keep the Conversation Going with Your Toddler
A recent study published in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, noted that conversations between children and adults can ra...
Read More
How should I prepare my child for a painful medical procedure?
Univ. of Nev. School of Medicine, Family MedicineUniv. of Nev. School of Medicine, Family Medicine
It is always difficult to prepare any loved one for a painful medical procedure, especially when tha...
More Answers
Head Lice: 11 Myths Debunked
Head Lice: 11 Myths DebunkedHead Lice: 11 Myths DebunkedHead Lice: 11 Myths DebunkedHead Lice: 11 Myths Debunked
Find out what you can do to treat -- and prevent -- a lice infestation.
Start Slideshow
Is a Gluten-Free Diet Good for Children?
Is a Gluten-Free Diet Good for Children?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.