Newborn head molding is an abnormal head shape that results from pressure on the baby’s head during childbirth.
Newborn cranial deformation; Molding of the newborn’s head
The bones of a newborn baby’s skull are soft and flexible, with gaps between the plates of bone.
The spaces between the bony plates of the skull are called
During a head-first delivery, pressure on the head caused by the narrow birth canal (vagina and pelvic bones) may mold the head into an oblong shape. These gaps or spaces allow the baby’s head to change shape. Depending on the amount and length of pressure, the skull bones may even overlap.
These gaps or spaces also allow the brain to grow inside the skull bones. They will close as the brain reaches its full size.
Fluid may also collect in the baby’s scalp (
If your baby is born breech (buttocks or feet first) or by
Macrocephaly(abnormally large head size)
Microcephaly(abnormally small head size)