Boston Othotics and Prosthetics

Plagiocephaly

What is plagiocephaly?

Positional Deformational Plagiocephaly (pronounced Play-gee-oh-sef-ali), also called “Flat Head,” is a cranial deformation that occurs in babies. Learn more.

What causes plagiocephaly?

Cranial asymmetries can be caused by a number of factors that can occur before, during and after birth. Learn more.

How is plagiocephaly detected?

Starting at 3 months of age, as part of a well-child exam your child’s pediatrician will measure your child’s head and check for cranial symmetry. If there is an asymmetry of 8mm or more, your child needs to be examined by a certified orthotist, who will prescribe treatment and track progress.

How is plagiocephaly treated?

Plagiocephaly can be treated with repositioning techniques, sleep cradling, tummy time, or a corrective helmet such as the Boston Band. Learn more.