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Common Baby Health Problems Parents Should Be Aware Of

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PLAGIOCEPHALY

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It might be alarming to notice that your baby’s head is slightly misshapen or has a flat spot. Don’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, there’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 “tummy time” to your baby’s schedule, and make sure she doesn’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.

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