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Pediatric Deformational Plagiocephaly

Key Points about Deformational Plagiocephaly in Children

  • Flat head syndrome (deformational plagiocephaly) is when a baby’s head develops a lasting flat spot, either on one side or on the back of the head.
  • With this condition, the skull bones don't fuse together.
  • The first step in treating this condition is to change your baby's head position.
  • Some cases require the baby to wear a helmet or remodeling band.
  • Mild cases often go away on their own with simple ways to change a baby's head position.


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Providers Who Treat Deformational Plagiocephaly

    Departments that Treat Deformational Plagiocephaly

    Rare Disease Institute - Genetics and Metabolism

    Children's National Rare Disease Institute (CNRDI) is a first-of-its-kind center focused exclusively on advancing the care and treatment of children and adults with rare genetic diseases.

    Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

    Our team of pediatric plastic surgeons have dedicated their careers to plastic surgery procedures for babies, children and teens.