Benefits of a Flat Head Helemt
Plagiocephaly remodelling bands or helmets are a safe, non-invasive treatment for an asymmetric or unusually wide head shape. They do not interfere with his or her emotional or social development and are similar in action to teeth bracing in older children and young adults. The helmets are lightweight and available with a range of patterns. They let babies continue to be babies, but ensure corrective alignment and a more normal head shape that will allow your little one to participate fully throughout schools years and into adulthood. Here we discuss the benefits of a Plagiocephaly helmet.
What Is Plagiocephaly?
Plagiocephaly is the medical term for a common condition in which the back or one side of an infant’s skull shows significant flattening. It is often noticed as the bald patch that infants develop appears to be on the flattened side of the head. Clinical reports estimate that plagiocephaly may affect as many as one out of every 30 infants. Babies are born with soft, mouldable skulls so that they can pass through the birth canal and continue to be flexible to accommodate the rapid brain growth that occurs in the first two years after birth. When infants spend a lot of time sleeping with their heads in one position, a positional or developmental plagiocephaly may result.
In most cases, the early signs of positional plagiocephaly are detected by parents or grandparents and the first thing to do is to simply by reposition the head away from the flattening while he or she sleeps. Babies must always be placed on their back to sleep. Some infants with a flattening will need more targeted intervention and this can be physiotherapy or osteopathy to help release a tight muscle allowing full range of motion in the neck. If this is unsuccessful, a helmet will return the head shape to a more normal shape gently and quickly. If you do decide that helmet therapy is the appropriate choice, there is plenty of help and advice available to you.
Helmet Therapy for Plagiocephaly
Helmet therapy works by applying a gentle, continuous pressure to your baby’s developing skull, rounding it out throughout the day. This pressure does not hurt, and once your baby gets used to wearing this new piece of clothing, it will not interfere with any of your baby’s normal developmental activities. The helmet is adjusted so that your baby’s head can keep growing normally. It is made to an accurate photographic scan of your baby’s head shape and is made of light foam with a semi flexible shell is moulded. Helmet therapy may be recommended between four and five months if repositioning therapy has proven ineffective. Treatment effectiveness varies with the age of the infant and the severity of the plagiocephaly, but in most cases, your infant will usually wear the helmet for about five months.
Advantages of Helmet Treatment
There are many advantages to plagiocephaly helmet therapy. It will lead to a more normal symmetric skull shape, which will allow children to participate more fully in sports activities for which they will need to wear protective headgear. A more symmetric skull means more symmetrical facial features! This can affect many aspects of your child’s subsequent life.
Helmet therapy will also reduce disorders that may occur in later life due to asymmetry. Many dentists now believe that TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) is due to a misalignment of the jaw. TMJ is often linked to severe pain and speech disorders in its adult sufferers.
Helmet treatment, when indicated, will help your baby with plagiocephaly grow into the happy, healthy child with all the potential for future life
Since 2003 Technology in Motion has been providing treatment for plagiocephaly and brachycephaly (flat head syndrome), conditions which involve the deformation of the head of an infant.