Plagiocephaly Awareness & Support

Plagiocephaly  (play-gee-Oh-sef-a-lee) is a skull deformation resulting in an abnormal skull shape in infants, sometimes causing facial asymmetry. Due to the shift in the structure of the skull it can affect the function of the jaw, teeth, eyes and ears.

Recent studies have shown links to:

  • delayed gross motor skills
  • TMJ 
  • ear infections
  • scoliosis 
  • sleep apnea

Some common causes of plagiocephaly include: 

  • premature birth
  • restriction in the womb
  • multiple births
  • birthing process (cone head shape)
  • torticollis (tight neck muscles) 

Since the American Academy of Pediatrics “Back to Sleep” Campaign in 1992, which recommended infants be placed to sleep on their back to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)cases of SIDS has decreased up to 50%, however cases of plagiocephaly have increased from 1 in 300 to 1 in 10 infants with a treatable form of plagiocephaly.

Many of these cases are overlooked and left untreated because of the lack of education offered to parents and because of the misconception that the condition will correct itself.  The opportunity for non-surgical treatment can only be accomplished between 3 and 18 months of age.

P.A.S is an incorporated non-profit organization.  The information contained herein is for educational and informational purposes only.  If you have concerns regarding the shape or development of your child's skull, you should consult your pediatrician.

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