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Here is where your content will go. If your child’s head is misshapen as a result of the birthing process, this trait may gradually correct itself. However if an abnormal head shape persists beyond six weeks of age, your infant should be evaluated by a professional.

Whatever you want herePlagiocephaly is often the result of external forces applied to the soft infant skull. There are essentially three basic different types of misshapen heads. The causes of Plagiocephaly often can and do combine and overlap so it is not uncommon to see a headshape that displays characteristics of two different deformities. These combinations may often be referred to as “Brachycephaly with Plagiocephaly” or “Asymmetrical Brachycephaly”, etc.

Deformational Scaphocephalyis characterized by a long and narrow head shape, sometimes caused by consistent positioning of the baby on its side. Scaphocephaly, derived from the Greek skaphe, describes the specific variety of a long narrow head that resembles an inverted boat. Like brachycephaly, scaphocephaly is a deformity of proportion. Premature babies are particularly prone to this deformity since their skulls are so fragile, and a side-lying position is often used in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) for easy access to monitors and other equipment. Orthotic management focuses on normalizing the proportion and overall shape of the head.

Infants with a scaphocephalic head shape will often have difficulty lifting their heads against gravity.

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