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Labour and delivery can be hard on a baby's body. Your newborn baby may look a little less than perfect in the first few days or weeks after birth. His or her head may not be round.
It's important to know that whatever caused this, it doesn't mean your baby's brain has been injured. The things that make a baby's head not look round usually happen outside of the skull.
Your baby's head is more likely to look this way if you had a long labour and a vaginal delivery.
The shape may also be caused by the way your baby's head rested against your pelvic bones while the baby was inside your uterus.
Or it can happen if your doctor used forceps or suction (vacuum-assisted delivery) to give your baby a little extra help coming through the birth canal during delivery.
Your baby's head should start to have a more rounded shape in the days and weeks after birth.
Three main things can cause your baby's head to look the way it does. How long this shape lasts depends on the cause.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines your child takes. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your child's test results.
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Current as of: December 12, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics
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