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Newborn Head Shape

Due to immature bone development, many babies have an uneven head shape at the time of birth. This changes with age and time. However, due to many external and internal factors, the shape of the head is affected. For instance, prolonged sleeping in the same position can cause a flat head. Parents should change the sleeping positions or try out making the baby sleep on the tummy, which can minimize this complication.

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My baby's head shape is flat, and she likes to sleep on her side. Is this normal?

Query: Hello doctor, I need some advice on my baby's head shape. The head is flat, and she likes to sleep on her side. Would you please tell me about this? I have attached few pictures for you to understand better. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Sajeev Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. From what I can see here (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) the shape seems fine. Would you please mention the age of your child? Generally, the newborn head shapes are in different forms an...  Read Full »

My 45-day-old baby has not started looking at me yet. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, My baby is 45-days-old. His head circumference at birth was 13.39 inches and now it is 14.17 inches. He has not started looking and smiling at me till now. Is it normal?  Read Full »

Dr. Sajeev Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. The rate of increase in head circumference is 0.79 inches per month in the first three months. With this formula, your baby's head circumference is fine. More details of birth history are needed to explain your other doubts. Thank you.  Read Full »

What are the normal and abnormal things about a baby's head?

Query: Hello doctor, What does the shape of a baby's head mean? Infants are often born with uneven head shapes. I am looking for expert advice to learn about the normal and abnormal things about a baby's head (fontanelles). When should I be concerned about my child's head shape? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Majd Hasan Mohammed Obeidat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The heads of babies usually vary in shape. It is not a serious condition but results from the baby having two soft spots in his skull called fontanelles, making his head malleable and changing his head's shape as it is being squeezed through the birth canal during la...  Read Full »

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