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Should You Worry About Your Baby’s Flat Head?

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This post was contributed by guest blogger, Edward Ahn, M.D.

The head coach of a Division 1 champion women’s sports team brought her baby daughter in to me for evaluation of her flat head at the recommendation of her pediatrician.

While I was examining her baby, I started to say, “Well, I’ll tell you what she has —

She quickly interrupted, “Is it bad?”

I looked up to see fear written on this tough coach’s face. I was struck by how this benign condition can cause apprehension in so many parents.

Often, pediatric neurosurgeons like me or plastic surgeons are asked to assess babies with a flat head, also known as positional plagiocephaly. Usually, parents have developed a fair amount of anxiety, often with the underlying fear that their baby will need surgery or the brain will grow abnormally. These fears are not warranted. Read more »

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