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Positional plagiocephaly

Positional plagiocephaly is a flat head in an infant caused by too much time on their backs. It is harmless developmentally but can be quite significant cosmetically.

Frequency of positional plagiocephaly has increased dramatically with SIDS prevention advice of sleeping babies on their backs. It is best prevented by agressively rotating the baby's position when the baby is awake.

Treatment is possible through a head brace, a "dynamic orthotic cranioplasty" device, that the baby wears 23 hours a day.

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