Positional plagiocephaly

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[edit] Discussion of Positional plagiocephaly

  • Calvarial deformation that results from external pressure after birth when an infant is consistently placed in the same position for rest and sleep.
  • Can be marked in very premature infants, whose heads become flattened and scaphocephalic when they are positioned on their side for mechanical ventilation.


  • American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that neonates and infants be placed to sleep on their backs in order to decrease the incidence of sudden infant death syndrome.
  • This has lead to an increase in posterior positional plagiocephaly.
  • Normal outward pressure from brain growth, most marked in the first 2 years of life, provides sufficient stimulus for remodeling once the child is old enough to roll from side to side or sit up, even with support.

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