When your baby has a flat spot, it can be tricky to truly know if it is getting worse, better, or staying the same. In practice I have a number of checks I do to monitor the true progress of flat spots, some of which I’m going to share with you today.
You can quickly and easily track your baby’s flat head using your smart phone!
Step 1. Download Ruler App + AR Tape Measure
Step 2. Take an aerial (bird’s eye) photo of your baby’s head.
If they have a lot of hair, it is best done with wet and flat hair.
Step 3. Using your straight line editing tool, you’re going to make 3 lines.
Line One – across the front edge of the forehead
Line Two – connecting the top of the ears
Line Three – across the back of the head (occiput) – touching the central outer-most tip
Step 4. Compare and measure.
You’ll quickly notice with the forehead and ear lines if your baby’s flat spot has actually pushed the whole side of their head forwards (it has to go somewhere!). If severe, you can measure how far forward the flat side is by measuring from the line you’ve drawn to the edge of the forehead or ear.
Measure from the line to the flattest portion of the head – I like to measure this point, even if it changes slightly each time, because you’re measuring the worst part of the flat spot. That measurement becomes your baseline, and the next time you recheck you’ll be able to tell if the flat spot is worse by the measurement alone.
My final tip with monitoring the progress of a flat spot is that it can take between 2-4 weeks to change a millimetre. So please don’t measure too often, as you’ll be left disappointed. If you feel like your baby’s head is getting worse quickly, don’t wait – seek help!