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Positional plagiocephaly is a condition in which specific areas of an infants head develop an abnormally flattened shape and appearance occipital plagiocephaly causes a flattening of one side of the back of the head and is often a result of the infant consistently lying on his or her backbabies are born with soft heads to allow for the amazing brain growth that occurs in the first year of life as a result their heads are easily molded passage through the birth canal during childbirth can cause a newborns head to look pointy or too long so its normal for a babys skull which plagiocephaly also known as flat head syndrome is a condition characterized by an asymmetrical distortion flattening of one side of the skullit is characterized by a flat spot on the back or one side of the head caused by remaining in a supine position for prolonged periods plagiocephaly is the word that is used to describe a diagonal asymmetry across the head shapewhat is positional plagiocephaly during an infants first four to six months of life the skull is naturally thin and flexible it can easily change shape when an infant at this stage and regularly sleeps with his or her head in the same position a flattening a part of the skull may occursymptoms of positional plagiocephaly positional plagiocephaly can look different depending on which part of the skull has a flat spot it can be very mild and hard to see or it can be very easy to see

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