Common Baby Health Problems Parents Should Be Aware Of
It might be alarming to notice that your babyâ€™s head is slightly misshapen or has a flat spot. Donâ€™t worry, this is totally normal. The condition is called plagiocephaly. It occurs in about 50 percent of babies. Your doctor will be able to accurately diagnose plagiocephaly, but symptoms include a flattened area of the front, side, or back of the head, uneven ears, or a small bald patch in one spot on her head. If your baby does develop plagiocephaly, thereâ€™s not much you can do to prevent it. It occurs simply because your baby sleeps on her back in the same spot every night. Treatment is easy: Add lots of â€œtummy timeâ€ to your babyâ€™s schedule, and make sure she doesnâ€™t spend too much time in a baby carrier or swing. Your doctor might also recommend helmet therapy, which will reshape her skull over the span of a few months.