Anyone concerned about flat head!?

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  1. MrsHope

    MrsHope Well-Known Member

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    It never really concerned me and I never thought about it but now it's really frightening me. Ruby does have a little round head that is actually quite flat at the back but I think it's always been like that. I've read up on ways of correcting it but what are other people doing to prevent and treat it? Pillows are available to help with it but I'm reluctant to try them. Please help x
     
  2. MrsV

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    Hi MrsHope,

    Yes, I'm too worried about this. Ada has really quite a flat head which I'm very surprised about considering she's a silent refluxer and spent many of her days in the sling being kept upright.

    I've asked her paediatrician about it and he suggested making sure she was lying in different positions to balance it out. We had been trying to encourage this anyway, but started turning everything around. She's more comfortable turning to her left now and I try and give her more time in her bouncer and tummy time rather than on her back in the gym.

    Really don't want her to have to wear one of those caps :-(

    I would be interested to hear what others advise on this too x
     
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    I've bought a clevamama pillow for jack. He had a flat head on one side . He's had it for a few weeks now and the difference is very noticeable. I would definitely recommend one: I got mine from eBay. It was about £12 and comes with a pillow case. Fits perfectly in his Moses basket. Maybe worth a look? Xxx
     
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    My friends little boy is 7 weeks older than James, and has an awful flat head!! When James was about 2 months old, and hers was almost 4, I saw him for the first time since having James and was horrified!! We then bought a Sleepcurve mattress for both his cot and his moses basket off Amazon and he still has a beautifully rounded head at almost 14 months old :) They aren't cheap, but have definitely been worth it, and would buy them again for any future child I may bear!!!
     
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    Freyas wasnt bad but as she hated tummy time even at 4mnths I was getting worried so I got the clevamamma pillow too

    It was really good and I do think it helped
     
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    Hi Harry is just over a year old now and still has a funny shaped head! I wouldn't worry, I spent months worrying and forced him into extra tummy time but our GP said it will rectify itself in time. If its seriously flat there are helmets that LO can wear but you have to pay privately for them x
     
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    My LO has a flat head but I'm not too concerned at this stage. It's not effecting his face/features or causing him pain. He's starting to sit up, do tummy time and roll about more, so it should correct with time. We all have pretty weird shaped heads under our hair anyway!
     
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    Flat heads are very very common in LOs due to the 'back to sleep' advice. Generally it's just a cosmetic thing, its not something boy panic about, and will rectify its self (even if it seems extreme) once LOs are more mobile and not flat on their back all the time.
     
  9. MrsHope

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    Ruby always turns to her right, it's obviously her stronger side. She is in her bouncer lots too does this help? I'm trying the tummy time too x
     
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    I got tempy a pillow from argos for flathead and it seems to have helped x

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  11. MrsV

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    I think it must be better than lying down, as they're more upright and it's also a very soft support behind their heads - they also look forwards more. The thing that made the most difference in getting Ada to look to her left was changing the direction of the changing mat! So simple! We also hung her gym toys on the left. She's now started to roll and does that to her left now too. I think I might start taking photos each week to see if I can see an improvement that way x
     
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    I've ordered the clevamama pillow so will see what happens. I will do that with her toys in the play gym. I'm trying to get her sat up more in her mombo etc xx
     
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    For anyone who is concerned about a flat head, neck stiffness or any other similar issue, I would totally recommend craniosacral therapy (not just cranial osteopathy). I can recommend someone really good in Alton, Hampshire, who charges very reasonable rates, if anyone is interested.

    My little boy had neck stiffness (didn't look to the left much at all) and a very flat head on the right as a result. He also had colic and reflux. The craniosacral therapy transformed him. The flat head is much improved, the neck stiffness is gone, his colic went almost straight away. The reflux has also gone. He also sleeps and eats well and is a very happy contented baby that rarely cries. The head and neck is definitely down to the therapy, how much of the rest is, I have no idea, but I totally rate it and would take another baby if I had one whether they have a flat head or not.

    Please don't get a helmet. They must be horrible to wear and cranio can solve the problem more cheaply and pleasantly.
     
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    Oooh, tell me more! I've taken Ada to a cranial osteopath 3 times. I think it helped with unravelling her, but wasn't sure about what else. However I was thinking of taking her again to see if it could help further... What's the difference between the therapies?
     
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    That's the million dollar question! All I've managed to get therapists to say is that CST is more holistic (ie looks at the whole person). It's also a much linger training, where they are very specialist, where cranial osteopaths have often done only one module as part of their general osteopathy training. The treatment looked very similar to the untrained eye, but the difference in the results was amazing.

    Do you want the details of my therapist? She's worth travelling to if you can xxx
     
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  16. MrsV

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    Yes please hun. I'd travel to Scotland if it promised to make my bubba's reflux better xx
     
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    Hi, my lo had this and we went to see a therapist person who did a cranial massage for a few weeks and it made such a difference. It was fantastic just after the first hours session. I would Definately recommend. Xx
     
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    This is her. I'm not sure I'm supposed to post a link, but it's not advertising as I have no connection to her other than as a satisfied patient. If they take it down, I'll send it in a PM.

    Talk to her, but I think Kate will be the first to tell you that they don't necessarily know if CST helps reflux specifically. I know that my LOs reflux has improved while I've been seeing her, but they generally grow out of it before the age of 1 anyway. She's straight though, and won't offer you treatments if she feels it won't be of benefit.

    xxx
     
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  19. MrsHope

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    I bought the clevamama pillow but I know this sounds really thick but there are no instructions! I take it her shoulders should rest on it too? xx
     
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    redbear Well-Known Member

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    I just use it like I would a pillow and put her head on it but I dunno. Love how if u press it against your face you can still breath fine, very safe x

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