Plagiocephally refers to a child with a misshapen, uneven or asymmetrical head shape due to the malleability of the skull in the first 3 months of life which means any difference in pressure between sides of the skull can lead to this. Thus it is often seen in conjunction with a torticollis and both must be treated to ensure full recovery.

 

Children with plagiocephally will often have facial asymmetry, bald patches, alteration of ear alignment, struggle with prone extension, and spend majority of time in a preferred position of neck movement where allowed.

 

Early treatment is important to right this deformity before the skull fuses.  Therefore we must take the pressure of this area to allow normal development. 

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