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Head Shapes

Plagiocephaly

Common Signs:

  • Flattening on either side of the back of the head
  • One side of the forehead is more prominent
  • One eye may appear slightly smaller than the other
  • One ear may be shifted foreword in relationship to the other
  • Facial asymmetry with one cheek fuller than the other

Brachycephaly

Common Signs:

  • Flattening across the back of the head
  • From a side view, the head looks tall
  • The head appears wide at ear level
  • When viewed from the top, the head is short and wide

Scaphocephaly

Common Signs:

  • Fattening of both sides of the head
  • When viewed from the top, the head is narrow and long
  • Common in premature babies

Combinations of these head shapes are also seen:

Asymmetric Brachycephaly

Asymmetric Scaphocephaly

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