Flat head in baby – what can you do?

Babies are very delicate little creatures. The bone structure is still very soft and can be easily deformed. This is necessary so that the bones can withstand development and grow with it.

However, this easy deformability can have an impact on the rest of life. The head is exposed to a high level of stress from lying down for a long time, which is often associated with a changed skull structure. This flat head could last for the rest of life without proper precautions or countermeasures.

If you want to protect your baby from these consequences, you can protect the head at an early stage. You can find out how this works and how your baby sleeps best in this guide.

Babies are still very small living beings and only reach their final height as they get older. Compared to the rest of the body, the head is already relatively large. This is necessary so that the brain has enough space.

In order for the baby to fit through the birth canal, it is therefore necessary that the bone plates of the skull are still mobile. They adapt to their surroundings and in this way make it easier to cross the birth canal.

To ensure deformability, there are several sutures and fontanelles on the skull structure These are gaps that are closed in the first year of life. Due to the existing open structure, it is possible to deform the bones more easily and they gain mobility.

Since the head structure is still very soft, the head can already look slightly deformed after birth. It does not necessarily have to appear “perfectly” symmetrical, but is sometimes slightly curved and not completely round. These natural phenomena usually grow together and after a few weeks the head regains its round shape.


The bone structure of the head allows greater mobility in the baby . This is helpful for childbirth, but needs more attention afterwards.

Babies spend most of the day sleeping. You can lie in the cradle for more than 20 hours and simply relax . You only wake up to take the meal and the area is only explored in the following months.

For parents, it may be very pleasant when the baby sleeps for a long time and represents a breather . But for the baby’s body this is sometimes a higher burden.

If the newborn spends most of the time in the same sleeping position, the burden is very one-sided . This causes the head to look flattened at this point. Babies usually have a favorite side or the sleeping area is designed in such a way that the head is always exposed to the same stress.

The back of the head is affected by this strain, especially when the baby sleeps almost exclusively on its back . This lies flat on the pillow or the baby mattress . Almost half of all newborns suffer from a slight flat head due to this sleeping behavior.


If you notice a slightly deformed head in your baby, you don’t have to panic. It may look very unusual, but from a health point of view, there is nothing to worry about. In the vast majority of cases, a slight deformation will grow together again and assume the original shape.

Headaches or other risks are not associated with the flat head. The brain is also still protected and there is no additional risk of consequential damage.

Only for cosmetic reasons does the flat head appear a bit unusual. However, as the hair grows, the deformation is concealed anyway, so that the flat head is hardly noticeable.

So there is no need to worry, at least if it is slightly deformed. However, if the flat head is particularly pronounced, the doctor should be consulted. This can give an assessment of whether an illness is a possible cause and whether further measures are necessary.


The following measures are useful so that the flat head does not occur in the first place. With these you protect the weak bone structure of the head and prevent the occurrence of a flat head in the baby.


Does your baby prefer to sleep on their back and could spend the whole day in this position? Then you should independently ensure that the lying position is changed . The back position is safest, but you should also place the newborn on its stomach for a change. A few minutes under supervision are sufficient to briefly reduce the stress.

As you get older, you can increase the amount of time your baby spends on your stomach. The neck and back muscles are used as support, so that the abdominal position becomes more comfortable.


It is not always necessary to change the entire sleeping position directly. It is sufficient if the head is turned slightly .

In the supine position, the head falls to either the left or right side. To compensate for this one-sided load, you can put the toy on one side and then again on the other. As a result, your baby will turn its head more often and develop evenly on both sides.

Changing the position of the rocking bed can also be helpful to animate your baby. It will then turn its head on its own and explore both sides of the environment.


The use of a pillow is not absolutely necessary for babies baby nest can be soft enough and provide sufficient comfort. An unsuitable pillow is more of a nuisance than a help.

If you want to prevent a flat head , there are special positioning cushions for babies . These have a slightly raised outer ring and the recess for the head is located in the middle. This distributes the load evenly on the pad and takes it off the top of the skull.


The head in the baby easily deformed is nothing unusual. The bone structure is still soft and the gaps allow greater freedom of movement.

Health impairments are not to be expected. In most cases the deformation grows together by itself in the coming years and is no longer visually perceptible.

To prevent excessive deformation, you should change the baby’s sleeping position slightly and distribute the load better with a pillow . Then there is no change in the structure of the skull at all.

In severe cases, the advice of the doctor is required. As a measure to counteract the deformation, a helmet orthosis can be produced . This is exactly adapted to the baby’s head and represents a protection. This gives the skull enough space to grow naturally and the deformation is reduced.

If you want to spare your baby from wearing a helmet, make sure you sleep in a healthy position early on. That way, you don’t even have to worry that your baby is not doing well.

Jamie Clark

Hello, I’m Jamie Clark, 32 years old, and I have been living in the USA for a few years.
Since I was a child, I have suffered from a house dust allergy, severely affecting me. I felt the effects both while exercising and while sleeping. Constant sneezing after getting up and difficult breathing were the consequences. The allergy has also developed into asthma, which is still a sporting restriction today.

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