Plagiocephaly & Torticollis
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Plagiocephaly develops when a baby spends too much time lying on his or her back. It doesn’t cause brain damage or interfere with a baby’s development. It can present as a misshapen, flat or asymmetrical (uneven) head shape.
It might be most noticeable when looking at a baby’s head from above. The cheekbone and ear on the flat side might look pushed forward.
It is also a very common craniofacial (skull and face) problem and means a misshapen, flat or asymmetrical (uneven) head shape.
Plagiocephaly develops when a baby spends too much time lying on his or her back. It doesn’t cause brain damage or interfere with a baby’s development. It can present as a misshapen, flat or asymmetrical (uneven) head shape. Varying a baby’s head position can help. If it doesn’t improve by the age of four months, a moulded helmet might be required.
This condition is also known as “wry neck” or “loxia,” and occurs when a baby’s neck is twisted, resulting in the head tipping to one side while the chin points upwards. Torticollis can be caused due to birth trauma, although in some instances, it happens later on in infancy or childhood through accidents and illnesses. It’s important to learn the symptoms early on so that treatment can start as soon as possible.
By placing a baby on their stomach only while awake and supervised this can help your baby develop strong neck and shoulder muscles. This also helps to promote the development of Gross Motor Skills. Newborn Tummy Time can also prevent the back of your baby’s head from developing flat spots, which is known as Positional Plagiocephaly.