How can I tell if my baby has plagiocephaly, brachycephaly or scaphocephaly?

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When your baby is born, the skull is very soft and malleable to allow for brain growth. It may have an odd shape simply from passing through the birth canal. But by the time your baby reaches 3 months old, the head shape should have improved. If you look at your baby’s head from the top (birds-eye view), you can check for these signs of plagiocephaly:

  • Head appears to be pushed forward, often accompanied by misalignment of the ears
  • Facial asymmetry
  • Bulging forehead
  • One cheek may appear “fuller”
  • Top of head slopes in one direction

In addition, there are other types of misshapen head syndrome:

Brachycephaly – head is wider and taller than normal with a flat back.

Scaphocephaly – common in NICU and preemie babies. The head is long and narrow and the forehead may be square.

All of these misshapen head conditions can be treated with cranial helmet therapy using the DOC Band. Visit our Cranial Technologies’ head shape section to learn more, or contact us today for a free head shape evaluation.