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Position-induced Head Shape Abnormalities

Infants with positional deformities or plagiocephaly are born with a variety of different head shapes. Deformities may result from positioning during pregnancy, sleeping position or from neck tightness.

An asymmetrical skull can result in asymmetries of the face, which can affect chewing, speech, breathing and vision. Some deformities can be managed with proper positioning, but if a deformity persists, treatment may be necessary.

In infants, treatment involves using a molding cap and is best done during the first 6 months of life. The cap is worn 23 hours a day for 3 to 4 months; treatment usually results in a 70 percent rate of improvement. Severe cases in older children may require longer treatment periods.

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University of Texas Health Science Center Professional Building
6410 Fannin, Suite 950
Houston, Texas 77030

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Clinic: (832) 325-7234
Texas Cleft-Craniofacial Team: (713) 500-7302

Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Monday-Friday except major holidays)