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June 2nd, 2012, 05:28 PM
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I have noticed lately Archer's head is flat on one side. It dawned on me it's from sleeping at night. He sleeps in a rock and play sleeper next to my bed. And although he is on his back he doesn't sleep with his head back flat but to the side. That's the side that's flat. That's also the side I mostly have him laying on when I'm holding him to comfort or feed. So now I am making an effort to try to position his head straight back or the opposite direction. I also hold and feed him on the other side as well now too. I hope this is enough to help correct it. I don't want him to have to eventually wear a helmet. He is the type of baby that doesn't like constricting things. The cpap machine in the nicu had to be removed because he kept tearing it off. He hates being strapped in anything. His carseat/carrier or bouncy chair. So he would be miserable in a helmet. I only bring up the helmet because I saw it when I googled the issue. He doesn't do a lot of tummy time on the floor yet but he does it several times a day on my chest. So it's not like he is constantly putting pressure on his head. but I guess sleeping does it enough.

Anyone else ever deal with this? What did you do to correct it?

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June 2nd, 2012, 06:50 PM
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Luke also sleeps on his side in the Rock and Play and I haven't noticed a flat spot on his head. Now you have me wondering if I should start rotating him in there to keep it from happening.

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June 2nd, 2012, 07:05 PM
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My friend's niece had something like this -- she wound up getting a helmet but for a while they used a special pillow. I think it did help, just not enough (she had a pretty severe case which is 100% solved now).
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June 2nd, 2012, 07:10 PM
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It never occured to me to. I just snapped a pic of him on my phone just now. This is what he does. It's the side/back of his head specifically that seems flat.

Sometimes like now I don't want to adjust him. he had a very fussy gassy day and he's finally relaxing.

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June 2nd, 2012, 07:19 PM
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I don't have much to add other than boy, is he adorable!!! I love his hair I hope you can correct the flat spot easily.
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June 2nd, 2012, 08:08 PM
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A baby in DS2's room at school had a helmet for awhile, so I've been aware of this too. It seemed like Aiden was always turning his head to the right. I adjust him when I can and give him lots of tummy time.

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June 2nd, 2012, 11:23 PM
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I've heard to make sure they don't sleep on the same side all the time - easier said than done! also, keep that tummy time up!

Also make sure they CAN move their head/neck the other way. There is a condition Where the muscles on one side of their bodies are tighter and other kids will only sleep on one side due to this.

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June 3rd, 2012, 08:56 AM
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Lurking from Sept 2011 playroom, My oldest daughter had this, it was pretty noticeable when she was about 2-6 months, Luckily my doctor didnt push the helmet on us, and it eventually fixed itself by 12months.

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June 3rd, 2012, 03:37 PM
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Yes, make sure that he has the same range of motion on both sides, I believe it's called torticollis where the neck muscles aren't equally loose and they tend to always turn their head to the same side.

Another thing that might help is taking him to a chiropractor to have some gentle massage/adjustments that would encourage him to use the other side.

I think most of the time the flat spots do correct themselves, but keep an eye on it and talk to your dr about it. I'd rather have my kid in a helmet for a few months than for it to not correct itself. Obviously that's a while down the road, though. He's still very young.

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June 3rd, 2012, 06:44 PM
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DS had a flat spot on one side and it resolved itself. I didn't even notice it until I took him to his 4 month check up and the doctor mentioned it to me. She told me to make sure we switch sides when we put him to sleep (he was a side sleeper). Abby sleeps both on her back and on her side, but I just keep rotating her around so that hopefully she doesn't have the same problem.

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June 4th, 2012, 06:40 AM
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I worried about this with my first child Jackson, the back of his head was really flat but his pediatrician kept telling me that it would reasolve itself and she was right. it did resolve itself on it own. I can't remember when it resolved itself but thankfully did. Hopefully Archer's will resolve itself also.

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