HOW TO PREVENT

While not all deformational plagiocephaly cases will correct on their own, there are some efforts that can help prevent or reduce its effects:

  • Timely diagnosis and protocol referenced treatment including acquiring accurate anthropometric data

  • Comprehensive and timely parent education especially in high risk cases

  • Frequent changes in body and head positions (repositioning strategies) incorporated into a tummy time home programme

  • Prone positioning when the infant is awake and supervised

  • Limit time in carriers and positioning devices

  • Use of a cranial remolding orthosis when indicated

  • Prescribe pediatric physiotherapy or occupational therapy at three months or earlier if there is:

  • Strong positional head/neck preference

  • Torticollis

  • Developmental delay

  • Cranial deformity