Misshapen Heads

Infants who are placed frequently in the same sleeping position during the first six months of life develop flattening of the side which lies against the sleeping surface.

Infants need to be given frequent opportunities to be placed on their stomachs while awake.

Encourage infants to move their heads in all directions to stimulate appropriate development of head control and prevent flattening of the head. Also, watch for head tilt (consistently tilting the head to one side). If you notice this symptom, talk to your pediatrician.

Newborn heads can be cone shaped, which should resolve in a few weeks. Consult your pediatrician if you have concerns.

Read More: HeathyChildren.org

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