47%

You are not alone!

47% of infants develop some form of head deformation. [1]

100%

Ask your doctor about torticollis

Almost 100% of patients with head deformation have some form of neck stiffness or instability referred to as torticollis. (2)

46%

Physical therapy can prevent the need for a cranial helmet

When physical therapy is indicated, it can reduce the risk of severe head deformation by 46%. [4]

7 Weeks

Start Physical therapy as soon as possible

When physical therapy for torticollis is indicated, the process should be started at 7 weeks of age for the best chance of preventing severe head deformation. [5]

1:2000

Make sure your child is evaluated by experienced doctors

There is a 1 in 2,000 chance of an infant having a more serious issue than plagiocephaly called craniosynostosis. [3]

References:

1 Mawji A, Vollman A, Hatfield J, McNeil D, Sauvé R. The Incidence of Positional Plagiocephaly: A Cohort Study. Pediatrics. 2013;132:1-7.

2 Rogers G, Oh A, Mulliken J. The Role of Congenital Muscular Torticollis in the Development of Deformational Plagiocephaly. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2009;123:643-652.

3 Kimonis V, Gold J, Hoffman T, Panchal J, Boyadjiev S. Genetics of Craniosynostosis. Semin Pediatr Neurol. 2007;14:150-61.

4 Van Vlimmeren L, van der Graaf Y, Boere-Boonekamp M, L’Hoir M, Helders P, Engelbert R. Effect of Pediatric Physical Therapy on Deformational Plagiocephaly in Children With Positional Preference: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2008;162:712-718

5 Courtesy: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, https://www.nichd.nih.gov/sts/about/pages/tummytime.aspx.

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