Research is emerging on the effect of positional / deformational plagiocephaly / flat head syndrome:
Deformational / positional plagiocephaly is flattening of a baby’s skull, typically considered to be a cosmetic condition.
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A qualified paediatric osteopath can work alongside other health professionals to give gentle neck stretches and advice. We are trained to screen for medical conditions and will recommend parents see a GP, Physiotherapist or Paediatrician where appropriate.
Most babies with plagiocephaly may have a slightly ‘wonky’ head from lying on their back for long stretches or from a tight neck (torticollis).