At Technology in Motion, we use our innovative TiMband cranial helmet to treat babies with moderate to severe conditions of flat head syndrome. The TiMband works alongside a baby’s natural head growth, making it a painless and safe treatment option. Because of this, our Technology in Motion clinicians are able to help so many babies and see tremendous, life-changing results.
Looking after your baby can be an emotional rollercoaster. As a parent, you want your little one to be as happy and healthy as possible, so noticing something out of the ordinary, such as a flat spot on their head, can be a bit of a shock. If this is the case, you probably have a multitude of questions running through your head: when should I worry about flat head syndrome? Does it affect child development? Do I need to do anything about it?
Plagiocephaly is a head shape deformity that affects a considerable number of babies. As so many babies are affected by this it’s good for parents to know how to identify the condition. Parents usually notice that their baby’s head shape ‘just doesn’t look right’ and although most health care professionals will only measure the circumference to make sure that the head is growing as expected, it’s unusual for them to quantify the head shape deformity by using measurements. This post identifies how parents and clinicians can measure the head to identify that a baby has plagiocephaly.
Flat head syndrome can occur at different times for different babies. Knowledge of this can help parents to be more aware of the condition, know what to look out for, and know when to seek advice. To get a better understanding of when flat head syndrome occurs and develops, and when it is diagnosed, keep reading.
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.
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.
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…)
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.
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.