L.M. asks from Chicago, IL on January 21, 2007
My 8 Week Babies Head Is Flat on One Side
I noticed my 8 week babies head is flat on the right side. I put the wedge in her crib so she sleeps somewhat on an angle toward the left. She doesn't seem to like it. She wakes up qickly. She is going to start rolling over soon, so I cannot put a rolled up blanket near her head to keep it in place. Does anyone have suggestions?
D.H. answers from Chicago on January 23, 2007
I have three children and they all had flat spots unless it is really bad and then I would point it out to the doctor. I just alternated the way my kids slept in bed. I used a wedge with my kids and just alternated the side they slept on. I feel for you going back to work I managed to do it for a few months after my first one but had to stay home after that I was to leary of sitters.
E.O. answers from Chicago on January 23, 2007
Hi there! My son (he is now 7 months) has Torticollis which caused him to always look to the right which then caused a flat spot. Keep an eye on it and mention it to your pediatrician. My son now wears a DOC Band and we are already seeing improvements! He also has physical therapy to help the Torticollis and isn't looking to the right as often. If you ever have any questions...please feel free to email me at ____@____.com
J.S. answers from Chicago on January 23, 2007
Get rid of the wedge. My son had the same problem but my doctor noticed right away and told me that those wedges are garbage. Correct it fast by laying her down at different ends of the crib each time she sleeps. Get rid of the covers and just dress her in warm pj's that way she could move around without you worrying. Good luck!!!!!!
A.F. answers from Chicago on January 23, 2007
The curcial component during development is the switching ends of the crib for sleeping and being sure your daughter is carried as much as possible when awake. As soon as she begins to roll over, you should see a vast improvement.
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J.M. answers from Chicago on January 23, 2007
I don't know what to tell you about your baby's head, but I can tell you that going back to work will get easier as time goes on. It still stinks, but it does get easier.
H.Q. answers from Chicago on January 23, 2007
First, I am by no means a doctor!!! Do you notice she tends to favor looking one way (to the right instead of the left... or vice versa). I've heard flat spots can sometimes be caused by Torticollis. My baby had torticollis and luckily we caught it before her flat spot got too bad and before she needed to wear a padded helmet (approx 3 months old). Torticollis is where the neck muscles on one side start to develop shorter due to the baby favoring one side over the other. It's easily corrected with stretching exercises and chiropractic treatments. I took my daughter to an excellent Chiropractor (Dr. Whitney in Naperville), and he had her back to normal in a couple weeks. She started looking to the left AND right with ease, and didn't cry during tummy time (prior to her adjustments her neck hurt too much to raise it off the floor during tummy time). Hope this helps!!!
C.G. answers from Chicago on January 22, 2007
Does she really like a swing or bouncy seat? Keeping her out of those and instead laying on the floor might help. Also if you tend to carry her in her car seat taking her out and instead carrying her in a sling or in your arms may help. Tummy time is helpful too. I would talk to your doctor because if you don't take care of a slight problem now it may require more intensive treatment later. Good luck!
D.S. answers from Chicago on January 23, 2007
I noticed this with my daughter at 7 weeks. It is called plagiocephaly and you can learn a lot about it online. At her 8 week check up, I pointed it out to the doctor who said it was caused by "torticollis" (like a neck sprain) and showed me some exercises to do at each diaper change. We did these very consistently and aggressively repositioned her to avoid having her rest on the flat spot. We also took her to a specialist (Frank Vicari at Children's) at 5 months because my pediatrician took a "wait and see" approach for longer than we were comfortable with. I would suggest mentioning it to your doctor and requesting an evaluation by a specialist if there is not improvement within several months. Your baby is very young and her head is going to grow a lot in the coming months, so there is lots of opportunity for this to correct itself.
J.D. answers from Chicago on January 23, 2007
Just move your baby to the other end of the crib every other night. This way they don't always rest on the same side of their head. Also, once they can roll over, it is ok for them to sleep on their tummys, and a lot of babies prefer that position.