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Head Flattening
Head Flattening
A Complication Of The Back Sleeping Position



Some newborns placed to sleep on their backs develop a flattening of the back of their head.
The reason this happens is because the baby's head is still soft and pliable. In most cases, simply
changing the position of the baby's head will cause the flattening to disappear. In other cases,
the baby may wear an open-topped helmet to help restore a normal head shape. By changing the
position of the crib or the location of interesting objects, the baby won't consistently look in
one direction. This will make head flattening less likely. As the baby gets older, the likelihood
of head flattening is much less.