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September 1st, 2012, 05:42 PM
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Even though we try to rotate what side Elias lays on when sleeping, he always favors his right side and now has a very small slight flat-ish spot on the corner of his right side of the head. He also has a slight flat area on the very back. It's not very noticeable, but it is to me because I look at it all the time worrying over it. The doctor said it's nothing at all and just keep rotating his head to sleep and lay and it'll go away on its own. But I wonder how long it takes? And he seemed to get flat spots very easy... too easy. He only sleeps in his sleeper for about 5 hours a night and the rest of the day he sleeps in our arms, on my chest or on the floor on his tummy (his doctor said this was fine as long as I was watching him and also because he can lift his head on his own now very well and turns his head side to side all the time while doing tummy time). So I'm wondering how in the world he got these flat spots when he spends so little time on his back at all. Are their heads so soft that even a few hours a day for only 4 weeks (when I first noticed them) will give them a flat spot? And right from the start we've rotated his head, so even before 4 weeks he was sleeping facing every way. So many people said flat head was hard for a baby to get if you hold them, do tummy time and rotate their heads all the time, but that seems untrue in our case.
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September 2nd, 2012, 02:22 AM
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I think every baby is just different honey. My son never had a flat head as a baby and he didn't take to tummy time, if you put him on his tummy he would roll over lol. If your doc seems unconcerned I would try not to worry - but at the same time, if you continue to notice it, keep mentioning it so that nothing is missed by your care provider.
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September 2nd, 2012, 12:40 PM
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I'm popping in from the Oct DDC. PMing you.
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September 2nd, 2012, 02:07 PM
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Noah favors his right side and now has a slight flat spot there even though i rotate his head when he sleeps on my chest and feeds. The health nurse wasn't concerned, she just mentioned it to make sure we were aware.
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September 2nd, 2012, 08:07 PM
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Lurking from the October DDC, but I wanted to chime in...

Do you notice if he has a tilt to his head at all? My son was born with congenital torticollis. I brought my concerns to my pediatrician, but was continuously dismissed. He ended up having a flat spot on his head due to his favored head position because of the torticollis. Your baby is pretty little, so I don't know if he had torticollis that you would already be seeing flat spots on his head, but I wanted to put it out there. Torticollis can be easily corrected, but it should be something that's addressed sooner rather than later.
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September 2nd, 2012, 09:13 PM
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Popping in from the June 2012 PR. I agree with the previous poster about torticollis. I first noticed that our daughter always wanted to look to the right, and she always held her head at a right tilt. Then, we noticed the flat spot developing on the back of her head. We brought it up at her 2 month check-up and she diagnosed her with torticollis. She goes to physical therapy once a week to help strengthen and stretch her neck muscles. It's not a big deal if you catch and treat it early. I would listen to your mommy instincts and just watch it and keep on top of it. Feel free to message me if you have any questions
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September 3rd, 2012, 02:38 AM
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Thanks for the input from other PRs and DDCs xxx
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September 3rd, 2012, 10:35 AM
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Thanks ladies. Elias doesn't have any tilt to his head at all. He looks up to the ceiling just fine, he'll turn his head to look both directions on his own, and his neck doesn't seem stiff at all. I think he just likes the right side. While on his tummy he'll turn his head both ways to sleep or play. If i put Seahorse on his left, he'll turn to watch it. I think it's just that he favors the right. But I will keep trying to turn his head while he sleeps to help the flat spots.
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