Have you ever looked at the back of someone's head and wondered, "Is it supposed to look like that?" Fear not, dear reader, for we are about to delve into the mysterious world of flat heads.
What is a flat head?
Contrary to popular belief, a flat head does not necessarily mean that there is something wrong with your skull. In fact, many babies are born with slightly flattened areas on their heads due to positioning in the womb or during delivery (but don't worry parents - this usually resolves within a few months). However, some people may develop more significant flattening over time due to pressure from resting on one spot.
Different Types of Flattening
The type of flattening can vary greatly among individuals:
- Occipital plagiocephaly - flattening above where the neck muscles attach
- Brachycephaly - overall widening and flattening
- Scaphocephaly - more severe long narrow shape Note: These types do not determine whether or not having a flatter head is harmful
Does This Affect Brain Development?
Nope! Studies have shown no correlation between cranial shape and cognitive function [source]. So rest assured...you're still smart!
Cosmetics: Should You Be Worrying About Shape?
In short? No! Despite societal standards dictating what is considered "normal," there's nothing inherently unhealthy or abnormal about having a flatter area at the back your skull. Your hair will typically cover it up anyway!
But wait...what if you want to wear your hair in a high ponytail?! Will everyone see my funny-shaped cranium?? The answer here depends on just how noticeable your particular situation might be (it’s rare!). But for the most part, your ponytail will still look great (no guarantees...but we're rooting for you).
Alternatively, you might want to wear a hat but fear that it won't sit right atop your flat head. Fear not! For there are many types of hats and ways to style them [source]. And besides, hat hair is always a stylish option too!
How Can You Avoid Flat Head Syndrome in Babies?
Flat spots (with or without noticeable flattening) can arise when babies spend prolonged periods with their heads resting in one position (this can happen during sleep or being parked on car seats etc.). Follow these tips to help reduce the risk:
- Alternate baby's head positions 'on the go'
- Increase tummy time when age-appropriate
- Use different surfaces such as play gyms instead of bassinets
- Switch up feeding positions
- Remember - every little bit counts so don't get overwhelmed.
Hate To Break It To You...
Sadly, some infants may require helmets if flattening persists past 6 months old as certain cases need medical attention.
To sum it all up - flat heads aren't necessarily anything to worry about! They mostly come down more personal cosmetic preferences than true medical concerns due brain function limitiations from this face structure unless paired with other symptoms typically arising at an early stage such as behavioral problems and excessive yawning etc.. So rock that high pony tail, be confident enough to give yourself ample breaks and remember life isn’t just skin deep…or skull surface level 🙂