Craniosynostosis and Other Conditions Related to Misshapen Heads
Craniosynostosis is a condition in which the skull
sutures in a baby's head close prematurely, causing a misshapen head. But
not all babies with misshapen heads have craniosynostosis.
Some newborns have misshapen heads as a result of
their position in the mother's womb or from the birth process. Usually the head
shape returns to normal in a few days to a week.
During the first
few months of life, babies can develop misshapen heads from lying on their
backs or lying with their heads to one side repeatedly or for long periods of
time. This is especially true since doctors began recommending putting babies down to sleep on their backs to reduce the
sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
When the cause of a misshapen head is related to a baby's position,
moving the baby's head during sleep may be all that is needed. The head usually
returns to its expected shape by the time the baby is about 6 months old. Talk
with your doctor about how to position your baby so as to not
increase his or her risk of SIDS.
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