Plagiocephaly (Flat head syndrome)

We commonly see young babies that develop a flat head, known as plagiocephaly. There are numerous causes, the most common, derived from dysfunction in the neck, or cervical spine, which is most comfortable turning in only one direction.

Normal symmetrical skull development
Normal symmetrical skull development.

Normally, the child’s skull should be symmetrical, with a line drawn from the back of the ears and one from the tip of the nose, intersecting at right angles at the vertex of the skull.

When a child spends the majority of its time lying on only one side of the skull, the pressure leads to deformation of the soft skull, because during the first months of life, the skull is very malleable.

Plagiocephaly or flat head syndrome
Plagiocephaly or “flat head syndrome”.

In this example, a 4 month old baby boy has right sided non-synostotic plagiocephaly. Notice that his forehead also protrudes forward on the same side. Improvement of cervical (neck) function has a significant impact on these young babies, and improvements may follow if there is still some softness of the skull (generally up to 1 year to 18 months).

Chinese Newspaper Article
 

This article from a chinese newspaper was translated:

In the city of Cheng Zhou of Wunan province in China,... the school is charging an annual fee of AUD$15,000.

They pledge to have the child:

  1. To recognise words at the age of 2
  2. To read at the age of 3,
  3. To get into high school at 7 and
  4. Enter University at the age of 15.

But, they only accept “evenly round skull child.”

We have written various blog articles on plagiocephaly.