Flat Head Syndrome

The Relationship between Plagiocephaly and Torticollis

It’s not uncommon for babies to be diagnosed with both plagiocephaly and torticollis. The relationship between plagiocephaly and torticollis is slightly unusual as causality can go in either direction. In other words, sometimes plagiocephaly can cause torticollis and sometimes it’s the other way round.

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The Link between Baby Head Shape and Sleeping Position

For babies to be able to pass through the birth canal, they are born with soft and malleable skulls that can adapt to the space. This softness also allows a baby’s head to grow after birth, and remains flexible throughout childhood, gradually becoming harder as the child grows. It is very flexible in early infancy and as a result, baby’s head shapes can be affected by a variety of different external factors. One of these includes sleeping position.

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Coping with Negativity About Plagiocephaly Helmets

At Technology in Motion, we have a large network of mums and dads who support one another through their baby’s TiMband journey. With this comes lots of useful advice and shared experiences that help to make the journey as successful and easy as possible. Because many parents are experiencing plagiocephaly treatment for the first time, the process is just as new to them as it is for their baby.  (more…)

How the TiMband Impacts How You Dress Baby

With the changing seasons and temperatures soon to be warming up, we wanted to follow on from our previous Keeping Baby Warm in Winter Without Overheating blog post to help parents understand the effect of the TiMband on how they should dress their baby throughout the year.

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Helping Your Baby Adjust to the TiMband

Starting helmet treatment carries all sorts of emotions for parents, especially for new Mums. The good news is that it’s only for a short time with correction starting in the first few days and you’re doing the best for your baby. Just as it’s new for Mum, it’s also something new for your baby, but then everything is new for baby so if it’s Ok for Mum, it’s Ok for baby. The TiMband is just another new thing for babies to familiarise themselves with and the majority of babies adjust straight away. Others can take a little longer but either way, here are some useful pieces of advice for helping baby to adjust to the TiMband.

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Why Plagiocephaly Sometimes Can’t be Avoided

When parents discover that their baby has plagiocephaly, they often wonder about the cause and whether they could have done something to prevent it. We understand that some parents worry that they have done something to contribute to the development of the condition, but this blog post covers some of the common contributing causes of the condition, to inform parents that plagiocephaly sometimes can’t be avoided.

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Who Can Treat Plagiocephaly?

For those uncertain about or unfamiliar with plagiocephaly and its treatment options, you have come to the right place. Plagiocephaly is a condition that a significant number of babies develop in the early months of life. It is characterised by an asymmetric head shape deformity but thankfully, many cases are mild with the ability to self-correct. Unfortunately, more severe cases will not have time to improve without help and require helmet treatment to bring the head shape back towards normality. If you think that your baby has the condition, you might be wondering who can treat plagiocephaly? Read on for a further understanding surrounding this topic.

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will plagiocephaly return after treatment?

When weighing up the pros and cons of plagiocephaly helmet treatment, many parents ask us whether there is a risk of the condition returning once it has been corrected. We have also found that some parents whose babies are reaching the end of their treatment are also wondering this. However, we’re pleased to reassure parents that plagiocephaly will not return after helmet treatment.

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How is Craniosynostosis Diagnosed?

What is Craniosynostosis?

Craniosynostosis is a rare condition where a baby’s head isn’t growing properly and presents itself as an abnormal head shape. Babies have fourteen bones in their skull, nine in the lower part of the skull, the cranial base and five in the uppers skull, the cranial vault. We are concerned with the upper part of the skull, the vault. Each of the bones in the vault has gaps between them that are otherwise known as cranial sutures. These sutures remain open and flexible during infancy, and become gradually more firm throughout childhood, finally becoming more firm in young adulthood. Craniosynostosis occurs when one or more of these sutures fuse (close) prematurely.

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Flat Head Treatment Checklist for Parents

Treatment Checklist for Parents whose Babies have developed a The Flat Head Shape

For parents who have noticed a flattening on their baby’s head, this step-by-step checklist will cover the various treatment options available. This way, parents can be sure they have tried everything they can to improve shape before considering helmet treatment. Many of these techniques are also good practice for helping to prevent babies from developing a flat head. (more…)