New to the Julie Ellwood Clinic – Accurate and reliable screening for flat head syndrome (plagiocephaly)

There is an increase in the rate of flat head syndrome in young infants over the last 2 decades. Best practice for optimum outcomes relies on early detection and intervention. In the JEC we have recently adopted a new system from the Netherlands for the accurate screening and monitoring of flat head syndrome. Measurements are taken using a photographic application ( from which the Cranial Vault Asymmetry Index (CVAI) and Cranial Index (CI) can be calculated. These measurements can provide the practitioner with a highly sensitive method for detection of early signs of plagiocephaly and the parents with a user-friendly means of monitoring the progress of their baby’s head shape.

If you have any concerns about your baby’s head shape, or if your baby is showing signs of having a preferred head position when sleeping or feeding, please inform your primary healthcare practitioner or contact Julie at the clinic for an assessment.