15What Is Plagiocephaly?

Simply put, plagiocephaly means the flattening of the skull. In Greek, plagio means slanted, and kephale means head. Babies are born with soft skulls made up of several bones (that haven't fused together yet) to allow them to pass through the birth canal during delivery. Because a baby's skull is so

soft and moldable, their heads can sometimes come out long or even pointed after a vaginal delivery. It's actually kind of normal for a baby's head to be a bit misshapen during the first few days or weeks after birth. If the baby doesn't recover the normal shape of her head by around six weeks, or develops a flat spot, though, you might want to ask your doctor about the possibility of plagiocephaly.

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