Infant head shape program, Alberta Children’s Hospital

Provides classes to teach ways to position a baby to help correct the flat spot on his or her head and assessment of infant head shape for further management.

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For young infants, we offer classes for parents or caregivers of a baby with a flat spot on their head. You will learn:

  • ways to position your baby to help correct the flat spot
  • ways to position your baby on his or her tummy (tummy time) and side

A clinician will assess the baby’s head shape and neck motion.

Please bring a blanket to put your baby on during hands-on activities.

There is no childcare available and no siblings are allowed to come to the classes.

Older infants (up to 10 months of age) may be seen on referral only and are assessed for positional head shape and neck motion.

Alberta Children’s Hospital
Level 1, Neurosciences
28 Oki Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta T3B 6A8
Phone  403-955-7918
Fax 403-476-7756
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Accessibility  Main entrance, Lifts

Hours of Operation  Monday to Friday 8:00 am – 4:15 pm

Service Providers May Include  doctors, occupational therapists (OTs), orthotisits, physiotherapists (PTs)

Eligibility  Baby must be between the ages of 0-5 months to attend a positioning class. There must be a concern regarding the baby’s head shape (an identifiable flat area on baby’s head).

Service Access  Healthcare providers should consult the Alberta Referral Directory for service referral information.

If your baby is between 5-10 months of age, a doctor referral to the Infant Head Shape program is required.

A doctor referral is preferred (to improve continuity if additional services are needed) but self-referrals from parents/guardians are accepted for positioning classes for young infants (less than 5 months old at time of appointment in Infant Head Shape Program).

Service Languages  Interpreter/Translation services

When Your Baby Has Positional Plagiocephaly, Alberta Health Services February 2017

Source Alberta Health Services Updated June 7, 2019

Call 403-240-9100