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    Misshapen Head

    Misshapen head, also called 'flat head syndrome' or 'positional plagiocephaly' is a common condition which means, as the name suggests, that the head is slightly out of shape. Read more →

    I have a son who is now 5 and he has a flat part to his head on one side, when he was born his head was perfect but it seemed to flaten from him sleeping a certain way. I asked the health visitor about this and was told not to worry. His head is still flat on one side but after seeing embarrassing bodies for kids I am now concerned that this should have been corrected. Do I need to worry? Is there anything that can be done now he is 5 years old? I do worry about the shape of his head especially id he goes bald in later life as hair hides it to a degree.





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    hi im 10 years old and have flat foot my feet are getting better but people make fun of me because the way my feet look and i can't often do indoor P.E also because my little toe's nail but thats nothing to do with my flat foot they also make fun of me because in the sides of my ancles it looks like i have a second ancal and its not just me at school that gets made fun of i have a friend thats got flat foot and he uses insoles like i use to, but we dont know what to do about the making fun ? of and i dont even know if some of the children in my class knows about flat foot .





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    we have just found out that our grandson has flat head syndrom and it could cause learning difficulties is this true,





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    How do we get a helmet? We were referred to a specialist and they said it's not available on the NHS and not proven to work. What age can you use them up until? My son has just turned 1 and his head is really flat. Being a boy he's less likely to be able to hide it. Can it be fixed?





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    I have 3 months old twins. Both have flat head syndrome. I saw my GP but he didn't do anything about it. He only recommended a private clinic. Please help as I'm very worried about my babies health.





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    Hi, they are young enough to maybe try a pillow specially designed for flat head syndrome (or plagiocephaly- google it you will find lots of products) and try to keep them off the back of they're heads as much as possible, lots of tummy time! My daughter has plagiocephaly and is 11 months old now, i've fought with my GP/ hospital for treatment as trying everything else has failed, but i am now going private (with a clinic called 'technology in motion'- who offer free advice/ assessment) as it hasnt improved... the nhs just dont recognise it as a serious condition (mentally to the child if not physical)and refuse any treatment.. Dont worry too much (easier said than done i know), i have been told that serious health issues only usually arise if the actual skull bones/plates have fused too early. I hope this helps a little :)

    My daughter was born with 'a flat head' or Plagiocephaly. I did not realise the severity until she was 10 months old. There was no funding on the NHS for a correction helmet. They told me "It is not a life threatening condition just cosmetic." I was lucky enough to see a lady on the local news who was petitioning to government for NHS funding to treat children with this problem. With her help i found Ossur, technology in motion. They are based in Leeds. Treatment was started straight away. Although we were only able to use the helmet for a few months before the skull bones fused the results were, are, teriffic (she is now 5) I am so pleased we persued the treatment and would recommend anyone to contact Ossur for a consultation.

    My daughter was born with 'a flat head' or Plagiocephaly. I did not realise the severity until she was 10 months old. There was no funding on the NHS for a correction helmet. They told me "It is not a life threatening condition just cosmetic." I was lucky enough to see a lady on the local news who was petitioning to government for NHS funding to treat children with this problem. With her help i found Ossur, technology in motion. They are based in Leeds. Treatment was started straight away. Although we were only able to use the helmet for a few months before the skull bones fused the results were, are, teriffic (she is now 5) I am so pleased we persued the treatment and would recommend anyone to contact Ossur for a consultation.

    Hi, they are young enough to maybe try a pillow specially designed for flat head syndrome (or plagiocephaly- google it you will find lots of products) and try to keep them off the back of they're heads as much as possible, lots of tummy time! My daughter has plagiocephaly and is 11 months old now, i've fought with my GP/ hospital for treatment as trying everything else has failed, but i am now going private (with a clinic called 'technology in motion'- who offer free advice/ assessment) as it hasnt improved... the nhs just dont recognise it as a serious condition (mentally to the child if not physical)and refuse any treatment.. Dont worry too much (easier said than done i know), i have been told that serious health issues only usually arise if the actual skull bones/plates have fused too early. I hope this helps a little :)

    I wouldn't worry at all, it is completly normal, I know loads of girls who have flat chests too!

    Hello - i am 14 and a girl. On my feet there are flat circles that dent into my sin , they are small and rock hard, they have been there for 3 years andnot moved . They are not contagus. What do I have?





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    Hey, My name is Mark and I have a slight problem, I am 15 years old and have managed to pull my foreskin successfully over the head but somehow when it goes behind the head it is really tight and my head starts to get sore. Do you know the cause of this? I am sure I don't have a tight foreskin but I do not understand why this happens (I am uncircumcised)





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    Hi Mark. Your experience is normal so don't worry. All you have to do is gently keep stretching your foreskin when erect and eventually it will feel less tight and sore when pulled back. The uncovered head will be very sensitive. Do the stretching when you take a warm bath as it is easier. Always pull it forward again. Hope this helps.

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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, I'm wondering if flat head syndrome can be treated for 4 year old? if it is not treatable, can any action be taken make it less severe? about the flat head pillows, could you recommend me one that really works? thanks!





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    Have you gotten any info on this yet. We are on the same situation.

    hiya my son is 3years old now, having the same situation like ur child, have you gotten any suggestion or treatment? please can you share it thanks

    hi im 15 and my left side of my head is flat. i've only noticed this a few months ago but when i look at past pictures it either confuses me whether i had flat head or not. please reply back to me to tell me whats happening so that i can have the right medical attention.





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    I have posted a few replies to comments on Flat-Head problems. I will shut up now and leave all you Mums and Dads with a piece of personal advice for any issue not just Flat-Head. YOU know that gut-feeling feeling when something is not right with your child. If someone (professional or not) gives you advice you are not happy with don't just agree with them and do nothing. Keep going until you get the answers that satify you. Parents have a built in instinct that we sometimes foret to listen to. Mother Nature gave us a great gift - stick to your guns. Night Night





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    My son has a flat shaped head and it goes out at one side,its flat at the back with a weird bump and dent. He was fine at birth but he only wanted to sleep on his back at night so i think this is whats caused it. we tried the pillows but they didnt help. We went to the dr's and they didnt help.they told us to come back in 2 months if no change so we did. he then refered us to a specialist who then told us it was the worst case of'flat head syndrome'. he went on to tell us that the NHS did NOT do the helmets and the only thing we could do is go private and buy one or he could go for surgery which would be obviously majour and very delicate. We are not a well off family and we are working VERY hard to get somewhere in life. I cant believe we were lied to like that. its unfair that children will have to grow up with this and only the fortunite ones whos parents raised the money or are wealthy enough can get this non surgical solution. my son is now 15 months old and its not fair as i dont want him to be bullied at school for something his parents couldnt afford. especially knowing we got lied to.





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    Hi Lucy, i hope your treatment goes well for your little boy. it is expensive but well worth the money. my son did suffer from a few pressure wounds and sores but every 2 weeks at the check up the doctor shaved the inside of his helmet to help. I cant understand how kids get to have boob jobs and weight ops in their teens but parents have to pay for this. it should be free, kids are so cruel and will notice and pick on children with flat head at school. i was interested recently to find out that it is more common in boys i wonder why that is. how cruel that people think its only in children that are not picked up alot!!! thats ridiculous, my son was cherished an d this had nothing to do with it at all. there are also alot of mattresses and head pillows out not to prevent flat head, i have recently had a daughter and have the mattress which seems to have worked as she has a nice shape head. one thing that i did like was going to the clinic as you see so many other children there with helmets and t akes you feel a little normal :-)

    I am 19 and the front of my head is flat and long so is the back of my head, is there anything I can do?





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    hello i have also been to the doctors about my sons head hes 8 months but he has a complete flat quarter of his head, how can i get in contact for help as it is so noticable even strangers comment, the doctor was no help he just said he will grow hair over it ,,, help





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    Hi There is a clinic in kingston on thames. My son went there the helmet cost £1800.

    WE had the same comments from our doctor baby is now 9months old with a lot of hair but is still really notisable we would like to know where we can go for more help

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    I'm 14 now and the back of my head is flat, is there anything I can do to change it?





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    hi,my 10 month old son has a flat head on one side i have also been told by the hv and a gp that his head should pop out and to wait till hes ayear before they will do anything about it..should i take him to the doctors now or wait till hes a year?





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    wait, i had a dint in my head when i was younger, it grew out and my heads now fine xx

    If your baby is 10 months old now go asap to once of the helmet clinics and have a free assessment. In some of them there are surgeons seeing babies who operate in hospitals other days of the week so they really know what's going on in the head. Later there won't be a chance to correct the head shape with the helmet! This is your window of opportunity now. After 6 months of age the bones get firm and the shape will not change according to studies in this area.

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    thanks for this, she did have high arches but now they are totally flat arches and defo a muscle weakness, this was picked up at 12yrs of age, then we had a injury last yr which she ontained when swimming, the physio then picked up the same weakness a grade 3 all way down right side body but then a 3,4,5 on left. hands have become very week, but know i have my youngest who is only ten showing signs of curling of toes,and his arches are totally flat again, been to doctors he said they are normal because they have movement. totally banging my head against a brick wall. for one thing i do know its not bad fitting of shoes.

    I've only recently realised that the back of my head is really quite flat. I'm 16. I've asked my mum if she thinks it is and she just laughs when I ask about it?? Is there anything I can do at this age?





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    IM THE SAME MY WEE BOY IS NEARLY TEN MONTHS AND HE HAS A VERY FLAT HEAD BUT HAVENT BEEN GIVING ANY HELP THOSE HELMENTS LOOK GREAT AND WORK!





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    My son is 14 and has a flat head at the back it is causing him psychological problems and he has little social life is there anything that can be done now?





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    I agree. My baby has an uneven shaped head. The health visitors have been so unhelpful. One commented 'Yes his head is rather flat, try repositioning him, it may help but may not. Make an appointment with the GP, though don't think he'll do much about it'. It really annoys me that no one warns you about this condition when your baby is born when the repositioning techniques would be really beneficial. It really upsets me and I worry so much that he is going to be teased about his head when he is older. 2,000 is so much money and I worry how we are ging to scrape this money together if the condition doesn't improve in it's own time.





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    My 15month old also has an extremely flat head at the back which she developed within her first 4 weeks. We live in ireland and our doctor has been commenting on the shape of her head since she was 8wks. We have asked many times with concern if anything can be done, and enquired with her about the helmet. Our doctor has mentioned about her head so many times now but has always maintained that it will adjust when she becomes more active, and said that when she grows more hair you wont be able to see it, BUT she always says with a frown, we must keep an eye on it (how long for??). Because of the shape of her head, she cant wear sunglasses or caps as they dont fit on properly - how will she get on with life when people can be so cruel, she is bound to get picked on. We overhear comments all the time from people re her head, and the other day i overheard someone say that she was like stewie from family guy. Does anyone have any suggestions pls? we are on extremely low income with no goverment help, and moving back to the uk in a couple of months. thanks...





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    Been doing the same thing since I was born. Didn't even notice it was a condition at all also. My family are always bugging me for when I do it. Do you also struggle with keeping your foot flat? Like you have to force it to be flat when your standing?

    Hello! I was so glad to watch the show covering the topic of misshaped heads. My son's head became increasingly flat at the back when he was about 3 months old. After consulting all health professions, they all assured me that his head would 'come out' and rectify itself by the time he was a year old. It's disgusting that the NHS does not fund this type of treatment and have let us down big style!! I was getting worried and time was passing by, so after searching we came across a clinic in cardiff. Without a doubt we decided to go ahead with treatment. I didn't want his misshaped head to affect him in the future, and knowing that NOT ALL flat heads rectify themselves. My son was 7 months when he had the starband helmet.He had the helmet for around 10 months and did not batter an eyelid of having to wear it day and night. Unfortunately he developed eczema on his forehead which meant he missed a couple of months wearing it. It would have been less time. Within the first week of the treatment my husband and i noticed a big difference, the back of his head had gradually come out,HONESTLTY! and was getting better from there onwards! We are so glad that we went ahead with the treatment. It made heads turn and questions asked,but i was only too glad to explain to people. My second son was born a couple of months after my son finished with his helmet, so i brought a special pillow to (which was up to 3 months) and luckily his head is a perfect shape, now nearly 10 months, but if it wasn't, i would have had the starband treatment again, without a doubt. I just want to praise ossur! I urge parents, if in doubt to go for a consultation A.S.A.P. I know it's expensive, but your children are priceless.





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    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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    Hi, we watched last weeks show 14/05/2010 when you had a boy with a flat head. Our daughter also has the same issue possibly a little more severe and we have spoken to our health visitor who referred us to an NHS specialist. They have told us that they will not take any action because they say its cosmetic. We are concerned at this. On your show the boy was fitted with a specially made helmet to re-shape the head. We would be grateful if you would give us some information on how we can get a second opinion and if needed obtain a helmet for our daughter.





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