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What’s Plagiocephaly

Plagiocephaly, also known as flat head syndrome, is characterised by abnormal flattening to the baby’s head. Plagiocephaly can be noticeable from birth or can present itself in the first few months of life.

Baby with plagiocephaly helmet

Since the change in the sleeping advice to parents in the early 1990s in positioning babies on their backs rather than their fronts to sleep, there has been a significant reduction in the number of sudden infant deaths (SIDS).

During this time, the use of car seats and travel systems has also increased, with babies spending more time in them.

These factors all mean that babies are spending more and more time on their backs, which has also led to an increase in cases of deformational plagiocephaly.

If you are concerned about the condition of your child’s head shape, a plagiocephaly assessment at our clinic using the latest scanning technology will provide you with an objective report.

Based on the results, our experienced paediatric orthotists will help you to fully understand the condition and discuss the options available for your child.

% of babies with plagiocephaly?

Incidence of plagiocephaly in infants aged 7-12 weeks estimated to be just over 46% (Mawji, 2012). 

Findings based on population based study on 440 healthy babies in Canada.

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"Plagio What?": An animated video about Deformational Plagiocephaly

Watch this informative video below by CAPPSkids and STARband, it gives parents a basic understanding of the condition.

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