What are the different types of positional head molding?

There are 2 types of positional head molding. The type your baby has depends on how he holds his head while sleeping or lying down.

  • Posterior plagiocephaly is when the flat spot develops on one side of the head more than the other. This happens if your baby prefers to sleep or hold his/her head in one direction more than others. Depending on which way your baby sleeps, the forehead can also develop a flat spot.
  • Brachycephaly is when the entire back of the head is almost equally flat. This happens if your baby sleeps or lies down without turning his/her head to either side often. His/her head might look shorter from front to back.
Rev. 10/2017