Flat skull in infants: how to avoid it?

Flat skull in infants: how to avoid it?

Functional plagiocephaly is a benign deformity of the infant's skull due to repeated misplacement. If it does not present a risk for development, it can be unsightly and embarrass the child later. Simple gestures help to avoid it.

What is functional plagiocephaly?

  • This is the so-called d syndromee the "flat head". This benign deformity of the skull of infants is characterized by a flattening of one side of the skull, often associated with prominence of the forehead on the same side. It occurs because the child is in the habit of resting his head always on the same side when lying down. Compressed on one side, the brain pushes the cranial walls of the other. As a result, the baby's skull, malleable like a balloon, is deformed.
  • A pathology too trivialized According to Béatrice Di Mascio, pediatrician: "We tell the parents that this will happen, but that's wrong, if we do nothing, it will not happen and the child will have a flat or deformed skull. 'an aesthetic issue because it does not generate anything in terms of development, but it's important too.'

What are the causes of plagiocephaly?

  • A congenital torticollis, or appeared after childbirth (too long, using spatulas or cupping ...), can force the child to turn his head always on the same side. Generally, parents realize this easily. Osteopathy sessions will then be very effective and will relieve the child by easing muscle tension around the neck.
  • A bad position, everyday. This is the case for the majority of babies affected by functional plagiocephaly. Whether because he has a favorite side since his life in utero, or simply because he has taken this habit since birth, the child positions his head the same way, day after day, and his skull 'flattens.

1 2