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My 4 month old has a large Fontenelle and the midwife said it would take longer to close and be mindful of a flat spot forming. She has developed one and while not overly concerning I was wondering if there is anything I can do to correct it or prevent it from getting worse? She sleeps on her back at night and loves her playgym. I give her nappy free tummy time every nappy change but she only tolerates small amounts, I also carry her a lot and she likes sitting on my knee.

Posted by Mum2Belle, 30th July 2014

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  • Yes my youngest developed this quite strong. When laying down she always had her head only to one side, resulting in Plagiocephaly. We consulted the physio who treated her neck and gave exercises for us to do with her

  • My youngest developed a flat spot on one side, her head was misshapen and I was so worried. She saw a specialist and they said it would correct itself, which it eventually did. I did everything you were doing, too. Only extreme cases require a helmet later on or something similar, so I wouldn’t worry at all especially at 4 months.

  • It will take time, but if you’re worried I’d talk to a doctor or a community nurse.

  • Pretty sure this is a self correct problem, I’m sure you would have been given things to do if you could fix it. It’ll take time,meshes only 4 months, still tiny. Be patient, it will happen!

  • My little man went into a helmet at 4 months to correct his head – mind you it was shaped like a triangle. If you are concerned I would suggest getting it looked at, it’s much easier to correct at that age and gets harder as they get older. With my son it was only cosmetic but I didn’t want him being self conscious as he got older. We had a great result in only 8 weeks and he will never remember being in it (other than the photos and the fact my mum kept the helmet lol)

  • Just keep encouraging tummy time as uh as you can, maybe make her cot up the other end to encourage her to lay on a different angle with her head

  • Go see a paediatrician. But tummy time tummy time tummy time

  • All my 3 girls developed flat spots no matter what I tried and I stressed like crazy but of course now no one could ever tell.
    Lots of tummy time helps.
    A lot of times you will find they face a certain way in the cot so getting them to face the other way.
    You can always see a physio for advice etc if you think it’s getting worse

  • Talk to your midwife about what to do or another medical expert eg pediatrician

  • it will just take time.

  • It will take time and even sometimes can take up to 1 year, if it were me I wouldn’t worry about it till she was 1 but if it is bothering you that much just pop along and see your Gp for a peace of mind.

  • all great advice here as usual also this web site is very helpful …good luck and best wishes to you and bub. :-)
    The Bub Hub Blog – Does your baby have a flat head …
    http://www.bubhub.com.au › Hubbub › baby › baby health & wellbeing
    Apr 30, 2014 – Flat head syndrome (or plagiocephaly) is when a baby’s head develops a flat spot as it grows. It can sometimes also create a bulge on the …

  • Takes time. Our little girl took over a year to close up. Our nurse said to check in with GP if it was popping out or sucking in; otherwise just be mindful of it.

  • I had a similar problem with one of my sons. I was told to give heaps of tummy time. When awake you can roll up a towel and put it on one side when they are playing on their back to encourage them to look the other way. Carry them around with her over your arm so she faces down at the floor. Takes pressure off head. They also generally enjoy it.

  • Takes time. Just turn your bub once in a while when sleeping so not sleeping on one spot. I was gifted a little pillow with a small round curve in the middle of the pillow to support the head and lessen the flat top

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