There are so many new things to learn and discover when you become a parent. While parents soak up snuggles and enjoy marveling at their new baby, they may also worry that their baby is healthy and normal. One thing that is often overlooked by new parents is your baby’s head shape. Babies’ skulls are not yet fully developed and are still soft and malleable. Because of this, your baby’s head shape can change. For instance, you may have noticed a slightly different egg-like head shape right after birth because of the baby passing through the birth canal. A baby’s head is meant to change and adapt, but it is important to be aware of your baby’s head shape so that problems don’t develop during infancy or later on.
When Can Head Shape Become a Problem?
For the first few months, babies are just beginning to get control over their body movements. They can’t hold up their heads by themselves, let alone roll over or sit up. If not moved every so often, babies will stay in one spot for a long period of time, especially at night when they are sleeping. Laying in one specific spot for long periods of time can cause babies to develop a flat spot on their head. This is known as plagiocephaly, or flat head syndrome. If you notice that your baby is beginning to develop a flat spot, it is a good idea to address the issue by talking to your doctor or even a Lithia Springs chiropractor. Some cases of plagiocephaly can be mild and easily corrected, while other more severe cases can lead to health problems such as increased ear infections, vision problems, or learning delays. If you are concerned or have more […]