According to an American study *, one in two children today would suffer from more or less pronounced asymmetrical cranial deformity: plagiocephaly. The term plagiocephaly comes from the Greek: "plagios" = "oblique" and "kephalê" = head. This phenomenon, also known as " flat head syndrome ", is related to the fact that the skull bones of the baby in the belly of the mother and infant (up to about 12 months) are flexible. The head of the baby is soft and deformable under the influence of external factors: a constant pressure of one side of the skull or a strong pressure related to the delivery, for example, can thus cause a flattening of the head.
In recent years has been observed a sharp increase in cases of plagiocephaly. This phenomenon can have multiple causes, but seems closely related to our sleeping pattern on the back of babies, advocated by doctors in the early 1990s to reduce the number of sudden infant deaths (SIDS).
Faced with this phenomenon still little known, some parents are worried: how to recognize as soon as possible possible plagiocephaly? What are the causes and how to prevent them? How to treat plagiocephaly? And after the treatment: are there any traces? And especially: who to contact?
Many questions that require answers. and that we propose to elucidate for you in this matter. Causes, symptoms, treatment: Here you will find essential information about plagiocephaly.
It should be noted that research into the causes and consequences of plagiocephaly is still in its infancy. and studies do not always reach the same conclusions. We would like to point out that not all doctors, pediatricians, and specialists agree on plagiocephaly and its management.
Authors : Dorothee Gebele, Dr. Nicolas Evrard.
Consutant expert : Dr. Thierry Marck, pediatrician, founder of the site babiesanté.fr and co-author of the book "My baby will not have a flat head - Prevent and treat plagiocephaly" **
* Study published in 2013 by the journal US Pediatrics "The incidence of positional plagiocephaly: a cohort study"
* "My baby will not have a flat head - Prevent and treat plagiocephaly", Dr. Bernadette de Gasquet, Dr. Thierry Marck, Editions Albin Michel, 2015