Plagiocephaly

Plagiocephaly before and after pictures

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.

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How to Identify Plagiocephaly

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.

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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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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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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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Does Plagiocephaly Need Surgery to Correct it?

Some parents notice that their baby’s head shape can be slightly misshapen. This can be due to a variety of reasons and usually shows as plagiocephaly or brachycephaly, which are caused by prolonged pressure on one part of the head. Sometimes, a head shape deformity can be due to the less common craniosynostosis which is caused by early fusion of two or more bones in the baby’s head. The sooner parents notice and become aware of their baby’s head flattening, the quicker they can seek advice and work towards correcting it.

For infants with plagiocephaly, surgery can often be avoided by providing the appropriate treatments as the baby grows. Technology in Motion is able to provide non-surgical solutions for infants up to 14 months of age; however generally the younger the baby, the more effective the treatment. (more…)

A baby wearing a plagiocephaly helmet

Plagiocephaly can start to appear before or during birth but often takes a few weeks to become apparent. A parent or health professional may notice that the head has an altered shape with a flattening to the side or at the back. If this is severe, the face and forehead may also be asymmetrical, with one ear further forward than the other. There are many different factors that can cause Plagiocephaly in babies, and they all relate to the fact that infants are born with soft, malleable skulls.  (more…)