Posted by Nicole K on September 13, 2003 at 21:05:24:
In Reply to: Re: update "flat head syndrome"/elizabeth posted by Beth S. on September 13, 2003 at 11:38:23:
: : : Our appt was yesterday. After waiting two hours to been seen, UGH! The Dr. at the Facial/Cranial Clinic, said it was "too late" to really do anything about her head. He said helmets have to be worn for "at least" six months and they are "miserable", generally they are started at 6 months of age too. She will be one year in a month. He said by the age of 4-5, her head should begin to round out IN THE BACK, but the top will still be "tall", and the sides "wide", he said her hair will cover it....ha ha right? I said, "I was hoping she'd be a movie star", he said, "take a look at Danny Deveto"!.....lol, Unfortunately, she is a reflux baby, and sleeping in her swing until 7 1/2 months old has attributed to this flat head syndrome. But what are you supposed to do when your baby PROJECTILES in her sleep? I suppose living w/ a deformed head, as opposed to death is the better alternative? Good grief, I am not feeling very good about what I've done to her head? She really does look like a movie star, til she turns around, poor baby. Dr. is doing an MRI just to be safe. I had a sister born 10 yrs before me w/ Hydrocephylus (water on the brain),that passed at 3 months old, so he will check to be safe, but had she had that she would have shown some signs of Neuroligical distresses, and she is developmentally normal, and what a good baby, and a sweetheart, let me tell you! I could shop for hours and she just strolls along good natured. Wont sleep in car or anywhere but in her bed, like her Mother, but hey, you couldn't ask for a better little girl really. And I suppose that's what it's all about...Thanks Elizabeth, and for all who care, and read this! Leora
: : Hi,
: : I just read your story and I'm sure your daughter is beautiful regardless of her head shape.
: : I just had a question, I remember when my son was born everyone was telling us to lay him to sleep on his back because of SIDS, which we did. Although, I had read an article in our local newspaper about a little boy who also sufferd from Flat Head Syndrome because his parents always had him lying on his back during sleep and play and never let him play on his belly. He had to wear a helmet for awhile, and I remember being concerned about this, even though because of SIDS you could only put them to sleep on their backs.
: : I was wondering if maybe some babies have softer heads than others and mold easier?
: I don't know if the problem stems from a softer skull or not. I think it is how much the baby turns their heads while sleeping that is the problem!! I read that you are supposed to turn the bed around and position them (on their back) differently to avoid the problem. The idea is that they face into the room while on their backs so turning the bed around makes them look to the different sides! Even though we turned my son's bed weekly and positioned him differently, he still had a flat spot on the back of his head. So I guess it works sometimes and doesn't work other times!!!
: Have a nice day!
: Beth S.
We never turned my son's crib, though it was suggested to us.
We always put my son to sleep on his back and he would on his own turn his head to one side or another to sleep. He went through periods of favouring one side, then the other. We also would always try to give him tummy time supervised when he was awake. We never had a problem with any flat spots.