Plagiocephaly aka Flat Head Syndrome

Often referred to as flat head syndrome, PLAGIOCEPHALY is one condition parents of infants should watch out for. 


 Flat head syndrome develops when a baby's head develops a flat area. A baby may experience this if they remain in one position for an extended period of time, such as resting on their back or riding in a car seat. Craniosynostosis and positional molding are two more disorders that can result in plagiocephaly.

Even though plagiocephaly is a common condition that many infants have, it is crucial to treat it at an early stage to avoid more severe issues. For instance, if plagiocephaly is not treated promptly, some children may face developmental delays or eyesight issues.


What therapies are available to treat flat head syndrome?

Plagiocephaly is treatable, which is good news. There are numerous therapies available, including physiotherapy, helmet therapy, and repositioning methods.

To avoid pressure on the flat region, repositioning procedures often move the baby's position. This can involve holding the infant more frequently in your arms, putting them on their stomach during supervised playtime, and rearranging their sleeping posture.

In helmet therapy, a helmet that is specially fitted to the infant's head is used to help mold it. As the baby's head shape evolves, the helmet is adjusted and worn for several months.

Another alternative treatment that has a high potential for success is physiotherapy. With stretching and exercises, a peadiatric physiotherapist can assist in enhancing the infant's head control and range of motion. They can also monitor the baby's development and offer advice on repositioning strategies.


How can a pediatric physiotherapist help?

A pediatric physiotherapist is a healthcare professional who specializes in the assessment and treatment of children. They can assist infants with flat head syndrome by giving hands-on care and instruction to the parents and caregivers when it comes to positioning methods.

The physiotherapist will evaluate the infant's range of motion, head control, and muscular strength during a typical physical therapy session. They will then offer stretches and exercises that are specific to the baby's need. In order to make sure the infant is secure and at ease throughout the procedure, the physiotherapist will work closely with the parents.


When should parents book a visit with a peadiatric physiotherapist?

Parents should schedule a visit with their peadiatrician if they find that their child has a flat place on their head. If required, the peadiatrician might examine the infant and recommend that they see a peadiatric physiotherapist.

If parents observe that their child has trouble rotating their head or has a tendency to stare in one direction, they should think about scheduling a visit with a peadiatric physiotherapist.

Finally, it should be noted that while flat head syndrome is a common condition that is highly treatable via numerous approaches, early intervention is key to preventing more serious problems down the road.

At MyMama, our paediatric physiotherapist Ms  Claire Galea is available for sessions at our hub in Naxxar. Appointments can be booked HERE.











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