Sleeping baby, turned to the right :(
I immediately began doing everything I could to keep my sweet girl off the back of her head and get her looking left. I put her on her stomach for naps (but we all know how nap time goes in this house), I quit taking morning walks so that she wouldn't be in her stroller, I quit putting her in her swing, and I even made my own little donut shaped pillow so if I had to put her down her head wouldn't be directly on the ground. I carried that baby around all day long so she wouldn't be on her back. But it wasn't enough.
Sleeping in her carseat...turned to the right
We went for her 6 month check-up last month and the doctor recommended a helmet. He said even though she's a girl and her hair will probably cover up the shape of her head when she's older, it can still affect how glasses will sit on her face, can cause TMJ or jaw misalignment, and even the way a regular sports or bike helmet will fit her head in the future. He wrote us a prescription and we were off to the "helmet specialists".
Last week we visited two places to get an evaluation for Addyson's plagiocephaly. They did scans of her head so we could get a true look at her skull shape and see the extent of the flat spots. We learned that she technically has what's called brachycephaly, which is the combination of a flat spot in the back and side of the head. Depending on how well her skull adapts to the helmet, she will have to wear it for 2-3 months for 23 hours a day :( We get to take it off for bath time and that's it! We will go in once a week to have adjustments made to the helmet and see her progress. Hopefully within the next few weeks we will have her helmet, and the sooner she gets it on, the sooner she gets to take it off!
Here is a front shot where you can really tell her torticollis causes her to be tighter on the right side. You can also see the left side of her skull protrudes more than the right.
Here is a side shot where you can see the flatness of the back of her skull. It has also caused her forehead to protrude slightly in the front.
This is the view from the top of her head where you can really see the left side protruding further than the right.