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Embarrassing Bodies Kids: Episode 3

Asymmetrical head

Did you know that a baby is born with 340 bones but as we get older we only have 206? This is because the bones fuse together and change as we develop. Six month old Bradley is suffering from plagiocephaly, an asymmetrical head, and there are several causes; the soft bones in his head have been pushed out of shape; a genetic fault; or sleeping in the same position. Dr Christian sends Bradley and his mum Hayley to see an orthotist who will fit Bradley with a helmet, to be worn for six months, that will mould those soft bones into the right shape. After four months in the helmet, Bradley comes to visit Dr Christian, there is already a remarkable improvement in the symmetry of Bradley’s head.

The EB team would like to thank:
Mr Stephen Mottram, Clinical Specialist Orthotist

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hi, my daughter is 9 years old and over the years i have noticed that her nipples are inverted dont know if this is normal for her age and will change as she gets older. but i have not seen a change over the years and i am not sure to contact my gp for more advice. please help





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I would check it out by a GP just to be certain but I am sure it is nothing to be worried about

Hi my 8 month old son has a moderate form of brachycephaly where the whole of the back part of his head is flat, is it too late to do anything about it myself at home without the use of a helmet? I live in ireland and haven't been able to find anywhere here that seems to use the helmets at all. Please help any suggestions at all!





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my baby is 6 months old and is in the neck, abdomen and body parts a rash, which doctors have not the problem, let me know if I can help or recommend a specialist





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hi my baby last year has chicken pox infection sick brain now she stop growing she finish 4 years and she have just 97 cm please help me she has removed all teeth in decenber





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Hi I am 13 and have scars on my arms and legs ,it is really embarrassing and i feel like i can't show my body off. I always wear long sleeve tops and long trousers because i don't like my body. I hate my arms and legs and wish my scars were gone ,please please help me and give me some advise.





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I'm 13 and I have really bad stretch marks on my breasts and legs, which is really embarassing and has stopped me from wearing shorts or dresses and from going swimming. How do you get rid of them?





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Using creams and body butters usally help

Just for reassurance I thought I'd share my experience. My son had a very flat little head but sure enough as he got older and started shifting his sleeping position it has gradually corrected itself without the need of helmets.





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In the US a link between plagiocephaly and Autistic Spectrum Disorders is being investigated. My son, now 6, is about to receive an Aspergers Syndrome diagnosis and has a flat head from positional plagiocephaly at birth. Midwives in the UK should be bringing plagiocephaly to the attention of all new mum's and should be trained on the options available to correct it.





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My son is 13 years old and has a very flat head.When he was a baby within 3 months his head became flat and than i tried lieing his head on the sides for a better shape.I did everything i could do,i took him to the gp he was then referred to birmingham childrens hospital.They discharged him by saying its genetic.Nobody did anything.Is there anybody out there who could help me or any surgeon in the world who could do anything to change the shape of my sons head.Please advise me.My son is always depressed because of the shape of his head as in his secondary school children make fun of him and say all sorts of nasty things which has deeply effected him emotionally.





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Don't fret! Go and see a cranial osteopath. It works very well on young people, the younger the better though. Best of luck.

Hi where did you get your 'noggin nest' from and how much? i have been looking for one but they only seem to do them in the u.s.a





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yep i was told the same my son has ddh and i was told that it came from that and not 2 worry his head is still really a bad shape at the back





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