Is it normal for my newborn to have a misshapen head?

Q: My newborn's head is misshapen, and her toes turn inward. Is this normal?

A: Yes. A baby's skull is made up of five head bones and two soft spots in between called fontanels. It's built this way to help the head pass through the birth canal, which is why some newborns wind up with cone-shaped heads. But don't fret, his skull will round out. (Note: Call your doctor if your baby has a bulging or sunken fontanel. This could indicate infection or dehydration.) Likewise, turned-in toes -- a result of baby's curled position in the womb -- are usually nothing to worry about. During well-baby exams, your pediatrician will try to move baby's foot into the proper position. If her toes are turned too far inward or her feet cannot be moved into the right position, your child's doctor will refer you to a specialist before your baby begins to walk. --Sharon Anne Waldrop

Originally published in American Baby magazine, November 2007. Updated 2009

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