Plagiocephaly is a condition commonly seen in infants characterized by a flat area on the side or back of the head, a condition that is commonly treated by physical therapists at True Way Physical Therapy.
Plagiocephaly, also referred to as flat head syndrome, occurs when repeated pressure is continuously placed on a particular area of the child’s head. This can be caused by the baby’s daily resting position in a car seat or mattress.
This condition does not stunt neurological development but should be treated to prevent the child’s head from permanently being misshapen.
Causes of Plagiocephaly
Contributing factors have been classified into two, before birth and during or after birth. Before birth causes are influenced by limited space in the uterus.
During or after birth causes include long labors, spine abnormalities and neck muscle tightness amongst others.
How to prevent Plagiocephaly
Several simple practices have been adopted by physical therapists in White Plains, NY to help avoid Plagiocephaly. They include:
- Encourage tummy time
- Reposition the child’s head position preference
- Carry your baby facing towards you
- Create space in the crib giving the child maximum free range of motion to turn
- Encourage stretching exercises
If you have any concerns about your child’s health feel free to consult a physical therapist in White Plains, NY. Physical therapy at True Way Physical Therapy offers personalized care with emphasis focused on therapeutic exercises and manual therapy.