What is Plagiocephaly?

“Plagiocephaly [pley-jee-uh-SEF-uh-lee] is a condition in which a baby’s head is not shaped correctly. The condition, sometimes called flat-head syndrome, is common in infants and babies. Plagiocephaly occurs when a flat spot develops on the back or side of the infant’s head. This will not affect your baby’s neurological development. However, if untreated, the head may remain misshapen into adulthood. (”. This is why we strongly recommend scheduling a consultation in our practice and having your child evaluated for Torticollis or Plagiocephaly (Flat Head Syndrome).

Most often, torticollis is cause due to trauma during birth or what we call “Traumatic Birth”. Prolong birth, Forceps delivery, Vacuum delivery or even C-section delivery is considered Traumatic Birth. Also, Torticollis could be caused by in utero position (position in the uterus). Positions like Breach, transverse or posterior could contribute to torticollis or Plagiocephaly condition.


Plagiocephaly is often either unnoticed or not present at birth. It may develop during the first few months of a baby’s life. Symptoms of the condition include:

  • Flattening of the back or side of the head

  • Bulging of the forehead and cheek on one side

  • An ear pushed forward on the flattened side

  • Tilted jaw

What can you do?

  • Increase tummy time while your baby is awake and can be supervised

  • Hold your baby often to give them time to be upright

  • Avoid placing your baby in car seats or carriers for long periods of time

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