Cranial Technologies

Understanding Plagiocephaly

You're not alone.

Today, nearly 1 in 2 babies show some degree of plagiocephaly. Fortunately, the condition is very treatable.

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Plagiocephaly treatment and educational materials

Learn more about plagiocephaly, its risk factors, and what you can do to treat and prevent the condition.
Twins Quinn and Violet in doc bands lying together

What is plagiocephaly?

Learn about plagiocephaly, the leading causes, and how you can treat your baby for flat spots.

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Happy baby lying on orange blanket in a doc band

How does helmet therapy work?

Learn about how the DOC Band® helps to naturally redirect your baby's head growth.

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Baby getting a head shape assessment from a clinician

At-Home Assessment

A simple 5-step process for parents to check their baby for signs of plagiocephaly.

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Educational Materials

Downloadable materials for parents to learn more about plagiocephaly, treatment, and prevention.

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Baby with head tilt caused by torticollis

Torticollis and plagiocephaly

Learn about why torticollis and plagiocephaly tend to be closely related.

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Baby boy in a doc band with his mother

Supervised tummy time

Learn about the importance of supervised tummy time and how it helps your baby's development.

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Have questions?

What causes plagiocephaly?

Plagiocephaly is the result of prolonged pressure to the back of the head usually from routine activities like back sleeping or spending too much time in restrictive devices (car seats, smart sleepers, etc.). This external force can cause a flat spot on one side of or across the entire back of the head.

How common is plagiocephaly?

The latest studies show that nearly 1 in 2 (47%) infants today have some degree of plagiocephaly. 1 in 10 babies have a severe enough degree that experts would recommend treatment with a cranial orthotic.

Can I prevent plagiocephaly?

Simple at-home practices including supervised tummy time and repositioning techniques are known to prevent and improve abnormal head shapes up until about four months of age. Additionally, limiting the use of convenience devices, such as car seats, infant carriers and swings, is also recommended.