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I've been noticing that the right side of my baby's head is a little bit concave and the left side more rounded. When I feel the side of her face with my hands on either side, they feel different too. She sleeps on her side at night with my arm as a pillow, that wouldn't cause that would it?! Here's a pic.. she's not in the best mood in the picture, lol<br><a href="http://comwired.com/rach/allie/nothappy.JPG" target="_blank">http://comwired.com/rach/allie/nothappy.JPG</a>
 

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No ones head is perfectly round. I would not really worry about it. I have heard that if you leave a baby in a carseat/ swing/ bouncy seat all day that it can flatten the back of the baby's head. I have also seen a couple babies wearing helmets...this to so their heads will not become misshapen.... Kind of weird if you ask me.
 

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Yes-- sleeping on the same side can cause positional plagiocephaly. You should have her sleep on the other side for awhile if you have noticed that the side she sleeps on is flatter. If you look at the top of her head (from above) do you see a slight bulge in her forehead on the side that is flatter?<br><br>
This happened to my DD .. at around 4 months it was very noticeable. It seems to be improving.. her ped will want to refer her to a specialist if it is still very misshapen at 6 months. A specialist would almost certainly put her in a helmet.
 

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i would say what i have had to do i swiched sides for about a week then change sides every night to avoid any more and allow it to develope normally
 

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I can give it a try tonight.. The reason I have her sleeping on her right side resting on my left arm is because for a while she actually was on my right arm, but it was giving me really bad wrist/forearm pain.. I think there was a thread here about a kind of tendonitis (cant say it, cant spell it! lol) and I'm pretty sure it was that! Its been getting better so maybe it'll be okay. The reason I have her on my arm is because we have a super soft mattress that I dont want her burying her head in.
 

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I can see what you are talking about, and sleeping in the exact same position every night absolutely can cause such deformity (I hate to call it a deformity, but can't think of another word right now so forgive me please!).<br><br>
Switch sides consistently, and if it does not improve in the next couple of months, I'd seek a specialist's opinion on whether or not she needs a helmet to correct it.<br><br>
I've seen babies that DESPERATELY needed a helmet to correct very serious plagiocephaly (sp?), so it's not something I'd ignore at all.
 

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I have a friend whose daughter had similar issues and it turned out that the plates on one side of her skull had fused together. She had to have multiple surguries as an infant to prevent brain damage as she grew.<br><br>
More than likely it will sort itself out with a change in sleep position. (please don't think I'm trying to be morbid and gloomy...)
 

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eek! that is scary <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> well we did switch sides last night and I could be imagining it but I might see a teeny tiny difference? lol. I'll keep it up on this side for a while then be sure to switch off! I'll mention it to her ped at her next visit
 

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I would be sure to switch sides frequently and mention it to the doctor. It is quite possible that sleeping on the same side every night would cause the plates to fuse, not leaving enough space for the brain to grow. Not at this age though -- I'm pretty sure it woudl take longer -- but you would want to correct it now.
 

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maybe I'll see if I ca nroll her onto her back after she falls asleep. it probably isn't good for her to be lying on my arm for 10 hours a night.
 

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Just wanted to chime in and tell you not to worry too much. My ds had a similarly shaped head. In fact, the back had/has a section that sticks out slightly further than the other. It is only noticeable to us. I used to worry when he was an infant, did the whole positioning for sleep thing while he was in his bassinet. After a while I just stopped worrying about it. DH and I both think it was mishapen by the OB that tried to turn his head whilst I was trying to push him out. He was stuck...another story. In fact, if you really focus on where the indentations are, it definitely looks hand-like<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> . It has sort of grown out, though still noticeable. But, it does not affect him at all.<br>
(We referred to his head as a lima bean...)
 

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Either her back or her tummy - the tummy is least likely to result in flat spots (hence this new problem since BTS with all these flat heads/helmets/etc.).<br><br>
She <i>is</i> beautiful!
 
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