Flat-headed Children May Be Developmentally Delayed

Deformational (or positional) plagiocephaly (DP) is a commonly seen condition, especially since pediatricians began to recommend placing our infants on their backs to sleep. Here’s a study showing that children with DP have lower developmental scores at age 3 compared to those that didn’t have DP. The largest differences were seen in cognition, language, and parent-reported adaptive behavior.

This study doesn’t say anything about sleep positions, but I’m wondering if the children without PD were more likely to sleep on their sides. We know that back sleep, while it can lower your chances of developing sudden infant death syndrome, can potentially lower deep sleep quality, leading to less than optimal brain development.

Dentists are also saying that having an asymmetric or flattened skull in the back can translate to asymmetry of the facial skeletons in the front, leading to TMJ problems and crooked teeth.

How many of you have children that had PD?

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2 thoughts on “Flat-headed Children May Be Developmentally Delayed

  1. He also might have enlarged adnoeids. My son had them, though it didn’t present itself until he was around 2. But he snored really bad for awhile and when he talked he sounded like Edith Ann.Take him to an ENT doctor (ear nose throat or an otorhinolaryngologist (say that 10x fast)) and have him check your baby.

  2. Dear Doctor

    I have been researching possible causes for my sons processing delays. He has recently been diagnosed with dyslexia. He also shows some symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsive behaviour, he is what one could call on the spectrum, though he has developed normally and is a bright and well rounded child, he does struggle with focussing and concentration as well as memory recall which is making school challenging for him.
    I know and believe this was caused by flathead syndrome, as he started to develop a flat head at the back of his skull at age 3 months, I struggled to get any help as doctors kept telling me is normal and will eventually grow out. By 6 months his skull looked deformed and we took him to a private consultant who recommended we get the helmet, which he wore from around 7 months to 11 months and it made a huge cosmetic difference. The only thing we are now asking ourselves is where did his processing delays stem from and I can only say that it may be linked to the fact that we probably acted too late as it meant that he only got the helmet at around 8 months of age….