Monday, June 1, 2009

Frustrated.

Okay, I'm a little frustrated. Since months before Colton was born, I have always been paranoid about him getting a flat head. I really REALLY want my kid to have a nice shaped head, and with the whole "back to sleep" it seems that more and more kids have weird shaped heads. Maybe, I'm too into appearance, but I was determined this would NOT happen to my child.

------------Fast forward 3 months after Colton's birth.---------------

My child has a flat spot on the back right side of his head since he only turns his head right and sleeps that direction. I feel like I've tried everything. Every time he slept, I had him in a body positioner and rotated him, I try to help him turn his head to the left, I try tummy time (he HATES it...only 5 mins tops), he refuses to turn to the left on his own.

ANY suggestions? Should I work hard at correcting it, or not worry?

19 comments:

liNdsEYloO said...

my neice had to get a helmet for 3 months. 3900 bucks! i say turn him more. :)

Brooke said...

I was the same way. But Ryan ended up with a funny little flat spot on the back of his head too. Luckily after he could roll over on his belly and sleep on his stomach it went away. I say don't stress over it too much! Just keep doing what you've been doing. I think it would have to get really bad before he would need a helmet. I don't think you need to worry about that happening. :)

Chelsea said...

i've got a flat spot on the back of my head and i think that im pretty awesome:-) i wouldn't worry about it.

Heidi, Greg, and Jackson said...

Honestly I was really worried about it too. I would just bring it up to your doctor with every visit and he can let you know if you should be worried about it. I say having a flat head for awhile is a heck of a lot better than risking SIDS!

I thought Bennett's head was a little flat so I asked my doctor about it several times. She just said to do the things that you are doing and then by the time they sit up (or sit in a exersaucer) that it should round out fine. Jackson's head is fine and so is Bennett's. Unless your doctor says something I wouldn't stress.

Taylor Kowallis said...

Peyton has the same thing, she would always lay on that side of her head since Jordan was on that side of her but as she grew it went away and now that she has hair you def. cant tell. I wouldnt worry unless the doctor is worried.

Anderson's said...

I wouldn't worry. Once he starts rolling and can sleep on his tummy, it will go away.

Amanda J said...

Yeah I wouldn't worry about it. Both of my kids favored one side and had flat spots. Neither of them still have it.

andrea.roche said...

Isn't it funny how we start worrying about EVERYTHING? including head shapes? haha. I bought a BUMBO for Treyson which keeps him sitting up a lot of the time during the day. I think they're great! As for sleeping...don't worry! There's only SO much you(me) can do!

Aaron and Chels Allred said...

haha, sounds like something I would worry about!! Although I really have no experience, I bet once he can turn on his own, it will probably go away? Hmm...ask cha cha!! haha. BTW are you going to be in providence ward or valley vista? we'll be in providence...I'm so confused about all this ward splitting!

Karen and Kevin said...

I will go away! There are some head excercises you can do to avoid torticollis - here's a random website on some exercises to get him to turn his chin more. Good luck! He will have a nice round head in no time.

Karen and Kevin said...

oops, heres the link..

http://www.keepkidshealthy.com/cgi-bin/extlink.pl?l=http://www.pedisurg.com/PtEduc/Torticollis.htm

aandkhousewright said...

the right side of brody's head got really flat by the time he was about two months old and my doctor kept telling me not to worry about it. but it wasn't getting much better, even when he could roll over, slept on his stomach, could sit up and everything else. but she kept saying not to worry, it would fix itself. by the time he was nine months old it still wasn't better so i insisted she send us to a specialist. when we went there they said it was already too late to correct it -- it should have been done by about six months. so he's 2 1/2 now and still has a very lopsided head, but fortunately i can keep his hair long enough that you can't tell at all unless you feel it. so i would say to stay aware of it and keep talking to the doctor about it and don't wait much longer than six months if you think it needs correction. good luck!

Jill said...

It will be fine.

Lori and Matt said...

Taylor, my oldest was the same way. Watch it and keep bringing it up with your dr. If correction needs to happen, get him in a helmet before a year old. Their head grows so much before then that it's really easy to fix before then.

Taylor got his helmet at 8 months and he was out of it 2 1/2 months later. His head grew so much it "filled in" the flat spot. His head is so cute now!

We kept flipping him at night but he woudl always move back and sleep on his right side. The dr said it was probably because while he was "incubating" he was laying that way and so the opposite side muscles were tight. Work on stretching his neck muscles out by putting his ears to his shoulders a few times each day. Good luck!

Jordan said...

He could always just take after his dad and have a big hat collection then the shape of his head won't matter!

Cummards said...

I was always paranoid about this too! I felt like everytime I was holding him or looking at him I would examine Caseys' head to see if it was starting to get deformed! I know one of our friends though was a little worried about her boy, and the Dr. said it would probably be fine, but said they could go to phsyical therapy a few times to get him to look and lay his head the other way for a while. He would always turn his head to the same side, even if you turned it the other way so the muscles started to get tight. I would ask your Dr. about it, but if you're really worried ask what you can do because so many times they just say everythings fine then it's to late when it's not 'fine!' He is still adorable though, and I'm sure he really is just perfect! As mom's we worry about silly things!

Our Family said...

I was worried my kids would get a flat head too. But it turned out my kids never sleep long enough to get a flat spot. I'm hoping this baby gets a flat head:)

The good news is I found a lot of other things to worry about. If it wasn't his head, you'd find something else to stress about. It's part of the job.

Tyson and Heather said...

Thanks for your support Angela!! Wish I could be of help with your question, not quite there yet, hope someone has the answer! Thanks again for your support!

-erika :) said...

Not that you haven't had enough responses...
Livvy had to have a helmet but she had a couple of factors that attributed to the problem. We spent some time in physical therapy and people have pretty much mentioned everything we did. Put him down to sleep with his head facing the other way, the neck exercises etc. For most kids when they are able to sit more their heads round out. The other thing you might want to try if you haven't is - instead of laying him down and having him look the other way, lay him down with his head on the opposite side of the crib than you normally do. Our doctor said that sometimes there is something on the wall or in the room that they like to look at and so switching which way they lay in the crib still lets them see it, but will allow their head to lay on the other side. Hope that made sense. He will probably be just fine.