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Plagiocephaly is the word that is used to describe an asymmetry of the head shape. This word particularly describes a flattening which is to one side of an infant's head, usually the back but it can also occur at the front of the head or face as a secondary issue.
Brachycephaly, Normocephalic and Scaphocephaly are other words used to described misshaped head condition. We usually see a combination of the head shapes below.
Technology in Motion has developed TiMband, a unique treatment and management system to resolve Plagiocephaly or 'flat head syndrome'. TiMband is a lightweight helmet, that allows the gradual movement and reshaping of the head bones during growth to return the head to a more normal shape.
% of Boys & Girls
Percentage of babies with flat head syndrome?
Hutchison identified 4% with severe head shape deformities at age 4.
What is the ideal age for treatment?
Ideal age to start treatment
Repositioning techniques are the preferred Plagiocephaly treatment option at 0-4 months.
Ideal age for treatment. Treatment with TiMband. Repositioning has limited success.
Can start treatment anywhere up to 14 months. Too old for repositioning techniques. Treat using the TiMband. Can achieve fantastic results still. After 18 months TiMband will be ineffective for treatment.
How long does treatment last?
What isthe success rate?100%
Parents notice that their baby has an unusual head shape at about eight weeks of age. The usual advice from the NHS is that it will correct itself naturally and that it is just cosmetic. However, this is not our experience as many parents come to us for advice when they find that the head shape is not correcting as predicted.
How canwe treat plagiocephaly?
Playtime is tummy time
If your baby is under four months of age, and you notice a flattening starting to develop, then you should start to reposition to take pressure away from the flattened area as soon as you notice it. Relieve pressure on the flattened part of the head for as much time as possible, allowing it to naturally return to a more normal shape.
As a baby reaches the age of five months this becomes more difficult as they are now beginning to reposition and roll independently.
If repositioning becomes ineffective, it's time for TiMband
What the helmet is made from
Semi soft closed cell foam liner
Polythene copolymer shell
As the head grows, the TiMband helmet gently corrects the position and shape of the head bones, ensuring a safe, gentle and permanent correction
TiMband is custom made for your baby using a photographic scan which accurately takes all information needed. Our scanner is safe and quick. We then supply you with a USB containing visual and statistical data for verification at end of treatment.
Technology in Motion has been providing Plagiocephaly treatment since 2003. The main signs to lookout for with this condition are the infant’s brow pushed forward on flatter side of head, ear and cheek pushed forward on flatter side, flat right across or to one side of the back of the head.
If your baby is under four months of age and you notice a flattening starting to develop, then you should start to reposition to take pressure away from the flattened area as soon as you notice it. We often encourage tummy time which helps remove pressure from the head area, allowing it to naturally return to a more normal shape.
As a baby reaches the age of five months this becomes more difficult as they are now beginning to reposition and roll independently. If repositioning is ineffective, it may be necessary for further treatment in the form of TiMband, a helmet used to gently correct the head shape and position for permanent correction.
We usually have over 100 infants using this form of Plagiocephaly treatment at any one time and we are widely regarded as the leading clinical team in this area.