Diagnosing flat head syndrome
Art & Science Previous     Next

Diagnosing flat head syndrome

Ann-Marie McCullough NHS project manager, Leeds

Ann-Marie McCullough outlines the different types of flat head syndrome and argues that more information needs to be provided on identifying and treating the condition

When a baby’s head has become flattened, either on one side, causing the head to look asymmetrical and distorted, or the whole back of the head has become flattened, causing a widening and triangulating of the head, it is called flat head syndrome. Sometimes, the front of the skull may bulge out in compensation. The treatment of flat head syndrome varies according to the level of severity, from repositioning alone to helmet treatment. This article uses a case study to highlight the importance of prevention and early recognition.

Primary Health Care. 23, 5, 24-25. doi: 10.7748/phc2013.



Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 08 November 2012

Accepted: 02 January 2013