Contraction or tightness of muscles in the neck that causes the head to be drawn to one side and rotated so the chin points to the other side.
- A Well Rounded ChildAt birth, Rebecca Carley’s first-born son, James (pictured below at nine months), was a healthy baby with a round head covered with light brown hair.As time went by, she noticed that he always slept with his head to the left side and when awake, often tracked objects with his eyes rather than turning to look at them.After a couple of months, she was startled to see that he had developed a flat spot on his head.Although James’s pediatrician recommended physical therapy for his neck muscles, she expressed little concern about the flattening of his head. But she suggested a possible evaluation at Children’s Hospital Boston.
- Reshaping the Head: Treating Unilateral Coronal SynostosisA baby’s brain grows rapidly before birth and during infancy. The brain has room to grow, because, early on, the head is not solid. Instead, it consists of a number of bones, known as plates, separated by narrow openings. As the brain enlarges, the plates also gradually grow toward each other. The junctions where the plates meet are called sutures.
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- Deformational PlagiocephalyA condition in which a baby's head becomes flat on one side. If the condition is more obvious from the front, it is called deformational frontal plagiocephaly (DFP); if it involves the back of the head, it is called deformational posterior plagiocephaly (DPP). In some children, the condition affects the facial bones, while in others it does not.