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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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    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.

    I'm 17 and I can pull my foreskin to just bellow the head, however it is very tight and can sometimes be difficult to pull above the head again. This can cause the glands to become very sore after masterbation or sex. Could this be the reason for my premature ejaculation and what can I do .





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    Hi Ollie. It will be easier to pull forward when completely flaccid. Just tug at it and you'll get there. Keep up the stretching exercises and it will loosen up and move more freely in a while. Premature ejaculation in your case is probably down to lack of experience. Be patient, learn how to operate your penis fully yourself, then consider sex and not a minute before. Hope this helps.

    My son who is now 19 months has always had a misshaped head since he was born which has now got better in time but when i questioned it with the health visitor's they did say it was nothing to worry about but to get a towel and fold it several times and place it under his head the other side he don't lay but do this when asleep,In time it will correct itself. Hope this is a help.

    Hi our daughter is 6 weeks old, everything is fine but when the health visitor came round, our daughters head circumfrence had moved above the 75% percentile on the chart, at birth her head measured in the 50% percentile range. her height and weight are fine, and we are just a bit concerned with this?





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    Hi if you have any questions there is sone great forums on the net for advice, i use www.craniokids.org and www.cappskids.org. They are a wealth of knowledge and both can help with plagiocephaly and Craniosynostosis. All the best Hayley x

    My names Jake and Im 14 and my foreskin only goes past my head and it stops, sometimes I am able to pull it a little bit more but it starts to hurt. Can anyone tell me how I can pull past head or even further. Thanks in advanced.





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    Hi Jake. You are doing OK dude. Pull back your foreskin so it is behind the head and take a look at the underneath of your penis. You will see a flap of skin called the frenulum. Over time, the frenulum will stretch more and then your foreskin will go a bit further back. It will hurt a little so take it easy. Try it when soft at first. Hope this helps.

    Hi Lee. You are doing well and don't worry you will not need to be cut. Keep up the stretching until you can pull it back right behind the head and some way down the shaft when flaccid and erect. Do it a little bit more every time. If you think it's stuck just squeeze your penis head when flaccid and tug it forward. It can be a fiddle but it works. As regards the other questions - you'll be fine. Get back to us if you need to. Hope this helps.

    You can't stop a child from coming into the classroom because their not wearing a ponytail. If you work in a school then you expect children in your class to have head lice and if that makes you uncomfortable then you're in the wrong job. Each child has a right to be in a caring environment even if their infested with head lice.

    I found lice in my child's head which i have treated. the problem is my own. i am black with a full head weave. there are rumours that black people don't get lice. but i can check without removing the weaver. It cost over £100 for my hair to get done, so am reluctant to removing. Any advice please.





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    when i was washing my 2 year olds penis i only slightly pull the skin back to splash with water whilst in bath to keep clean,when i only slightly pull it back he's getting looks like puss filled glands,i noticed it one day because his penis looked twice its normal size so when i pulled skin back and put slight pressure on the penis alot of green puss came out,this doesnt hurt him, it leaves a little hole where it was, then five other times the puss is like hard and you can see it under his skin i leave i it comes out weeks later like a hard white stork,like a wite head thats gone hard but its ling like a vein but white and is visable from the outside of his skin, ive taken him to 2 nurses and they just say its infection and one doctor said it was scum build up, h's got 2 now they've been there for 2 weeks now its hard to touch i can see and feel the ridge under his skin,when i pull his skin back it lookes like a white head at the side of the head between the head and the skin. can you shed any light on this.





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    I have a misshapen head but am 17. My parents never did anything about it, probably because such treatments were unavailable. Am I too old to change?





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    Hi, I am 18 and have the same problem, though luckily it is the only the back of my head and I have seen worse. I'm wondering whether seeing a craniofacila specialist would help to get it treated but I don't know how I would do that.

    Just to reassure everyone, my daughter ( now 4 and a half) had a helmet from the age of 8 months until 13 months. We went through Technology in Motion in Cardiff. The helmet did round out her head to a shape where only I notice it now. The hat never bothered her, although she did have 2 sores in the beginning. The only time she cried, due to the hat, was when we took it off her for good! Now almost 4 years on, she is a well developed, intelligent (already reading simple words), lively little girl. No harm done. My only thought now is that i should've done it earlier when i first found out about the hats. Having said that i haven't thought about it for the past 3 years until I saw the programme last night. My third child started to have a misshapen head within 2 weeks of birth, by 3 weeks I had ordered the sleepcurve mattress and that worked brilliantly for him. No hat needed. I wish you all the best on your journeys and hope this has reassured you about the longer term effects.





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    My 7 year old son suffers with misshapen ears. the top half of his ears are folded. It is now becoming an issue at school, due to peer pressure/ bullying. an you suggest anything that may help. Thanks x





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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 im 14 and ive had a tight foreskin since i was little when i got into high school i was told about masturbation by a friend and i should do it. i thought that tight skin was normal at first because i could not see the head i keep on masturbating for some months then my head was coming out, so i was thinking soon if i keep pulling on the skin whilst masturbating the whole head will show but sometimes i ripped the skin of a little bit from the head i know this sound bad but it healed after a day and i was fine nothing wrong but right now the skin is almost over the head could you give me any advice?





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    try stretching the skin before you get erect. also make sure you dont masturbate dry. use lotion. it is important to get the head all the way out.

    Hello.my penis is quite small. But when soft i do manage to pull the foreskin back behind the whole head,but then tthe strip of skin behind the head is all purple and horrible looking. Then the round edges of the head are really sensitive and give a painful shocking feeling that I dislike. What do i do? Im considering trying to stretch my foreskin manually. But will that help the pain and sensitivity of the head?





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    Hi Joe. Good news that you can pull it back when soft. The strip of skin underneath called the Frenulum does look a bit scary - this is typical so don't worry. The sensitivity that you feel is also normal and it will get less over time. What you need to do now is to start pulling back your foreskin when erect to stretch it more. Do it a little bit at a time when you take a warm bath as it softens the skin and makes it easier. Eventually it will go all the way back and forward easily. The penis is a sensitive area in general but the sensitivity and pain will get less the more you use it. I hope this helps.

    Its Joe again. How long would it take for my foreskin to stretch enough so i can pull it back properly when erect?

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    My head all ways is itch so my friend checked my hair and says i don have nits but why does my head keep itching.qnd ifi put on tea tree head lice shampoo will that stop me from getting them





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    Put olive oil on your hair. The oil clogs the lice breathing pores. And just comb them out. With a lice comb, Walgreen s has them. Metal comb are more effective. Do this every two days. Until gone

    Yap. It is still growing. But dont believe that when it reaches full growth the head will be always out. If u are un-circunsized the skin will always hide the head, some more than others, only when its erect it maybe uncover the head, not necessarly all of it.

    Hi, I am a 13 year old boy who is unable to pull his foreskin back.. I can pull it back at about 1/2 of my penis head, but when erect only about 1/4. Now I can cum, and after every ejaculation I always clean my head the best I can with tissues, and after a warm face cloth. But I was wondering if I cant get down below my head, or the partial bottom half of my head could I be presented with some sort of infection that would involve circumcision? This has just been worrying me an awful lot!





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    Hi Drew. Stop worrying...you are OK. Every time you take a bath or shower you should pull back your foreskin. The water softens the skin so it's easier. It may hurt a little at first but persevere and eventually after a while you'll notice that you can pull it back all the way and back again. If you got an infection it would be sorted out with antibiotics - not circumcision. Chill out and get back to us if you need to.

    Don't panic .... as Jo said ..... Bear in mind that head of your penis has been covered for many years of your life already ..... as long as you clean what you can when you shower , you'll be fine ..... You'll probably be able to fully retract very soon .....

    My son is 14 weeks old and he has more of a lump/ mishapen head on the right side at the back of his head. Every time I mention it to the gps or health visitors they just say it will sort itself out when he's more mobile and not lying on his head all the time. It does worry me with him being a boy and having shorter hair when he's older.





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    Don't beleive your GP. Google "Technology In Motion" and book and appointment These are the guys who you saw in the program tonight. I went to their Wimbledon clinic. It will be one of the best things you'll do. Both my daughter and my best friend's son have worn helmets with fantastic results. If you leave it until your son is 12 moths or more it will be too late to do anything about it. If you want to contact me outside of this website I can email you some details and if you want to I can email you my daughter's before and after scans. Anything I can do to help you. For-warned is to be for-armed with this one....

    Ik I am 13 and I have had head lice for almost 2 years now and it kills me to know tht I have it and I have been trying and trying and trying to get rid of them and everytime I get I'n the shower I have to run the lice comb through my hair and I have live huge bugs I'n my head and nits and i hate the word lice I'm suppost to run it through my head everyday but I don't...i really need to get rid of them!!!!:'(

    Hi, i'm 15 and my foreskin is becoming looser after i got it past the head of my penis, but it's incredibly hard to get it back over the head. At times i have to try and roll it back over. I'd just like to know how to get it back over the head after doing some stretching exercises. I'm worried how this will affect me when it comes to that day when i lose my virginity. Thank you for reading :)





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    Hi Joe. I know what you mean. I had the same problem but found it easier to pull forward when soft. What I did is just stretch it forward and gently pull the skin until it kinda eased back into position! I'd welome some thoughts on this issue from others too.

    1. I have a strange situation. 2. When my penis is flaccid, my foreskin will pull over just fine, with no pain and effort. 3. However, if I try to pull my foreskin back when I am erect it takes allot of effort. (No pain) 4. However when I do this, the pressure put on the head by the skin when pulling back shrinks the head, making it smaller, meaning the foreskin doesn't stay and just slides back. 5. I can pull my foreskin back when flaccid, and then get an erection and it will tend to stay if my head gets big enough. (Sometimes doesn't happen because of the tight foreskin blocking the flow to my head) 6. But I don't want to do this as if I move it, it slides back over my head, shrinking the head, and turns out like number 3. Anyone have the same issue/advice? :(





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    Don't worry, your bits sound quite normal to me and you are just analysing how it all works. It can sometimes take a little effort to pull your foreskin forward perfectly after it has been pulled back. Just experiment a little and you'll work out how to do it easily. Try not to leave your foreskin stuck behind the penis head as it may get red, sore and itchy. Remember that generally your foreskin is supposed to cover your penis head. Take care dude you'll be OK.

    I really need some advice- my son is nearly 12 months now and has a cone shape but to the back of his head. Iv asked dr for advice and all he said was 'it's fine' but to be honest it's VERY noticeable. Can you suggest a specialist I can take him too? Or any specific nhs dept? As my dr is really not helping. My son always slept with his head to one side, despite everything that we did; so the back of his head didn't have a chance to flatten out.





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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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    My 5 year old daughter fractured the back of her head after a nasty fall from the trampoline onto the concrete. The bump has almost gone but there is still slight swelling and hard area left. Not long after she bumped her head she started loosing hair around the site of the bump but no where else on her head. We are really worried and are hoping that it is due to the trauma and will grow back. Please any help would be truely appreciated.





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    my son had plagiocephaly when he was small, which at the time was one of the worst cases the orthopic drs had seen. my son was unable to move his head and was looking to the left most of the time which made the condition worse. We had 2 helmets for him and i can honestly say they helped him a great deal, you cant tell anymore that he did have a problem. im so glad he got the help as now at the age of 6 he has to wear glasses and without the help of the helmets he wouldnt of been able to wear them because of the shape his head was in. my younger son also had signs of the condition but being aware of what happened with my eldest we managed the condition our selves, by not putting pressure on his head, lots of tummy time and placing him on his side during the day to sleep. his head is perfect now.





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    My son in 13 and has a problem when pulling his foreskin back. The one side will come over the head of the penis 55/60% no problem but the other side will not, it is not that it is tight but actually looks like it is still attached to the head and has not separated yet. Is there anything that will help to detach the skin of the foreskin from the head i.e. getting erect, using creams etc? I don’t want him to be circumcised because he feels he is on the small side anyway and this could affect his confidence in the future.





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    My daughter continously has nits and no matter what i try it never seems to work. It is a constant battle and then she screams kicks has a tantrum and then it's a battle. Her head get itchy and then she scratches then it gets sore. Every morning we have a pillow full and all around what looks like a load of pepper has been sprinkled. Her head when scratched has blood in then needs to be washed. One mention of hair to be washed and she is off. I've been to the doctors so many times and the hospital, this because of her sore head. Today i tried a solution from the chemist shelf once again. Ok to put stuff on and didn't irritate the head but woh! time to wash off and she had to be held down and she screamed. How upsetting but she knows it has to be done but doesnt want because it stings, because she is fed up of having done. I explain lets get done or it will end up worse.I thought her head looked that bad that it could be a bad infection startng. Her head was bleeding where she had been scratching.Doesn't want any cream of any sort to help heal. While you try other parents don't. The school have phoned me twice to come and get her.Some kids seem to be treated and then are ok, my child isn't and suffers constantly. She scratches all night in her sleep which isn't good, then is too tired to get up and is grumpy. Bring back the nit nurses to school.I just don't know what else to do.





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    I am having the same problem, my daughter is now 6 and has suffered with headlice for 3 years, I have tried every lotion going but still the problem persists, she cries when she goes to bed because her head is hurting from all the scratching. I just don't know what to do anymore. My little girl is now telling her friends that she wants all her hair shaved off so that the nits go away, as tempting as that sounds, I just can't do it. Im at my wits end.

    I really feel for you its such a problem nowadays. Never knew anything like this when i was at school. When my youngest started school nursery last year the school nurse gave the new parents a lecture on head lice, and how some families can't seem to get rid of it. How patronising! I am interested in your point about some parents not trying. How do you know? Its just that so many people on here are suffering and we are all trying hard. How do you know these parents at your school don't try? I can't believe anyone willingly wants to live like that , maybe they also just can't get on top of the problem.

    Hi my daughter has had head lice for about 12 years now I've tried everything now I've even shaved her hair it doing my head in now can someone please help me as iam desperate now





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    This is not good. You definetley need to see your doctor asap!

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