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Read the latest posts on flat head treatment from TiM, the UK’s leading clinic specialising in the treatment of flat head syndrome in babies

What is Plagiocephaly?

Creating Awareness about Plagiocephaly

One thing many of our clients have in common is the frustration of how little people around them know about plagiocephaly, also known as baby flat head syndrome. As a result, many have used fundraising efforts to raise awareness in their local communities as well as to raise funds for their babies to undergo the helmet treatment.

One mother who took this approach one-step further recently in the States is Abby Blackburn, occupational therapist and mother of son Miller, who was undergoing plagiocephaly helmet treatment at the time.  Out of concern that there was no children’s literature available to help parent’s speak to their children about the helmet, she decided to write a book herself, to answer the questions that her son may ask one day, as well as to help other mothers with babies in a similar situation.

Her book, ‘My Little Blue Helmet’, is a question and answer book that she hopes will enable and encourage parents to open the doors of communication and explain to their children why they had to undergo the treatment when they were infants.

Just like in the UK, the American Academy of Pediatrics introduced its “Back to Sleep” campaign in 1992. Although this did reduce the numbers of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, the number of babies with plagiocephaly, or a form of the condition, increased dramatically.

TiMband helmetThe response to this was plagiocephaly helmets, which help babies’ heads to grow to a more rounded shape. Unlike here in the UK, helmet treatment for babies with flat head syndrome is not as controversial in the USA and treatment is regularly prescribed, as it is in several European countries.

In the UK, the NHS does not recommend treatment often citing the lack of definitive positive research as a reason. Sadly, this research, although called for, is not commissioned and the debate continues with parents frequently being disappointed at the resulting head shape after following ‘wait and see’ advice.

The helmet works by slowly and gently allowing the head to correct as it grows. With its cleanable closed cell foam lining and semi rigid copolymer shell the helmet is comfortable and babies have very few problems in wearing  them.

At Technology in Motion, we have over 120 babies in treatment at any one time and our experts are widely regarded as clinical leaders in this form of treatment. We have achieved a positive outcome for a vast number of babies using our TiMband corrective treatment, meeting the highest quality of care and safety at all times. Click here to find out more about our TiMband treatment.

Plagiocephaly Infographic

Parents often ask us what can be done to minimise plagiocephaly. So to help and to use as an education tool, we have produced a Plagiocephaly Infographic to explain how plagiocephaly develops and what should be done to minimise and treat the condition. We are sure that parents and clinicians will find it useful.

Plagiocephaly Infographic Childers Head Shape & Size Technology In Motion TiM

How to Treat Baby Flat Head

The Treatment for Flat Head Syndrome or Plagiocephaly

Plagiocephaly, commonly known as flat head syndrome, is the medical term for a condition that affects as many as two out of every ten babies. Flat head syndrome develops when a baby repeatedly lies in the same position. This can occur when parents aren’t aware that they need to change an infant’s position during the day or because of problems with neck muscles. An infant’s skull is so soft that flat surfaces can actually mould the shape of an infant’s head. Since 1992 when the American Paediatric Society began recommending that infants sleep on their backs to prevent SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), paediatricians have seen a six-fold increase in flat head syndrome. This experience is reflected in the UK since this advice was adopted. Babies must always be placed on their backs to sleep and this has saved thousands of lives. During the day when they’re awake and Mum is with them, babies should be placed on their tummies and pressure relieved from the back of the head.

Plagiocephaly may be associated with brachycephaly, a type of flat head syndrome where the head shape is very wide and the flattening appears across the back of the head. With brachycephaly, the back of an infant’s head flattens uniformly, causing the crown to be wider and taller while the distance between temples and chin may be longer. Brachycephaly is also classified as flat head syndrome, and responds to many of the same interventions.

Parents are usually the first to be aware of flat head syndrome. They may notice a flat spot on the back or side of their infant’s head where hair growth is noticeably sparser. Their baby’s ears may not be symmetrically aligned or some other facial asymmetry may be present. When torticollis, a tight neck muscle is a factor, a baby’s head may appear to be tilted to one side the much of the time.

In the vast majority of cases, plagiocephaly caused by a restrictive sleeping position responds to simple therapies. Yet the diagnosis itself can be so intimidating that some parents may be frightened of interacting with their babies in a normal way that includes tummy time and playing to relieve pressure on the flat spot. A baby with a flat head is no more fragile than any other baby.

Repositioning techniques are the best intervention for simple flat head syndrome. You’ll want to position your baby in his or her crib so that the affected side is not lying flat. When your baby is lying down, encourage active turning of the head by hanging a mobile or some other bright object where the baby will want to look at it. Limit the time your child spends in car seats, carriers and pushchairs with flat backboards that press up against his or her head. When holding, feeding, or carrying your baby make sure to reposition so that the flat spot is not pressing against you. Slings and other baby carriers which position your baby’s face towards your body benefit a baby with a flat head by decreasing the amount of time spent with pressure to the back of the head.

Some parents misinterpret the Foundation for Sudden Infant Death (FSID) guidelines to mean a baby should never be placed on the tummy. This is simply not the case. Supervised tummy time is good for your baby. Tummy time helps babies develop control of their head and neck muscles and overall hip and spine development, it also encourages bonding, particularly if you are comfortable enough to get down and interact. Try putting your baby’s rattle and toys just out of reach so he or she is encouraged to reach for them.

More severe cases of flat head syndrome may require physiotherapy and/or a corrective helmet. If your interventions don’t seem to be working, research the alternatives which will be able to help.

TiMband Treatment for Plagiocephaly


PlagioCare treatment now known as TiMband

PlagioCare treatment will now be known in the UK and Ireland as the TiMband.

PlagioCare has been in existence for three years and has successfuly treated thousands of infants in the UK and Europe.

We believe it is the best plagiocephaly or flat head syndrome treatment system available due to its rapid results, lightweight helmet style, brilliant child friendly photographic scanner and final verification of treatment for all parents with before and after scans with software to review at home. The treatment is exactly the same, it’s only the name that is changing.