Plagiocephaly is a common, yet treatable, disorder that causes a baby’s head to appear flattened. Plagiocephaly develops when an infant’s soft skull becomes flattened in one area due to repeated pressure on one part of the head. Many babies develop plagiocephaly by sleeping regularly in one position. This condition occurs more often in premature infants whose skulls are especially pliable.
In our multidisciplinary plagiocephaly clinic, experts in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Neurosurgery Departments work together in the diagnosis and treatment of this disorder. These providers are even able to diagnose some of these problems while babies are still in the womb. Additionally, Children’s Hospital has the only hospital-based Hanger Clinic in the region, providing complimentary non-invasive surface scans of the child’s head using the latest technologies. This allows for close monitoring of the child’s response to treatment, and for easy adjustments to helmeting and orthotic devices, if needed.
Our team offers patient and family-focused care: all resources are housed in one location, minimizing the need for travel to multiple locations throughout the region. For patients traveling from outside the New Orleans metro region, we maintain close communication with other Hangar centers and physical therapy offices throughout the Gulf South and beyond.