Clifton Hill Physiotherapy continues to see a number of infants presenting with Plagiocephaly, or misshapen head. This is caused by children receiving pressure on the back of their heads during the first few months of their life and has become much more prevalent since the advent of the SIDs guidelines were introduced, which recommended that your child always sleep on their back.
Plagiocephaly is preventable by appropriately positioning your child’s head whilst they are sleeping and during play. However sometimes it is not easy to do and unfortunately some health practitioners are still telling parents to not worry about it and the child’s head shape will improve as they get older. Clifton Hill Physiotherapy can help.
Our clinic has begun using an innovative measuring device which is giving us an objective measure of the child’s deformity. This is making it very clear just how severe the deformity is, and provides the necessary information to plan the intervention that is required. Your physiotherapist will guide you through this process, and educate you on correct positioning, any stretches that may be required and also assist with you with any decisions regarding helmet therapy.