My son also had this-right side torticollis and mild flattening. we didnt notice it until he was 3 mos and our pediatrician said dont worry about it. Oh, if I had only know what I do now. I am SO happy that youre being so proactive about it now. Good for you. You dont want to go the helmet route if you dont have to. We let it go a few months, hoping it would just work itself out, until my son was 6 months old, on the advice of his pediatrician, It wasnt until then did we discover the torticollis and by then, the flattening was more pronounced and we had to get him a helmet. He was in the helmet from 8 mos to 13 mos and his head is perfect now. I am so grateful for that helmet for what it did for my son, but I'd never want to go through that again
BUT, I think you are in great shape and since youre on the ball so early, as long as you are 110% aware of that little head at all times, (this will be exhausting for you, but worth it in the end) your daughter will be fine. Those neck excursuses are *key* because that is the only think that will resolve the torticollis, which is what is causing the plagiocephaly (flat head).
Did the Dr give you a number to the severity of the head flattening? usually it is on a scale of 0-3 (normal) 4-12 (mild) 13-25 (severe) My son was an 9, which is mild.
My husband and I were recently on Channel 5 with Susan Wornick, along with another couple with a child in a helmet, trying to get the media to warn parents about this condition, whih is called plagiocephaly. I cant tell you how happy it makes me that parents are more aware these days of it, and that they need to be aware of head flattening with their baby, and what severe cases can cause in babies. In your case J., youre catching it early, so your daughter will be OK. Just continue to be proactive. Just continue to do tummy time, switch your daughters position in her crib, do exercises, and try to avoid the use of bouncy seats, swings and long car trips as much as possible (I know, almost impossible!)
One thing I wish I knew about was a little chair for infants called the Bumboo chair-it also helps with their posture and back strength while keeping babies off their heads.
Please feel free to contact me personally if you have any more questions or just need to talk. I have been living with plagiocephaly 24/7 for a year now, and have become an advocate for awareness, so I can help you out if you need it. Good luck!!-M.