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.
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.
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.
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…)
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. (more…)
If you suspect that your baby might have positional plagiocephaly, naturally you’ll be wondering how severe the deformity is relative to other infants, and whether or not you should seek treatment. But how is plagiocephaly measured, and what system is used as a severity assessment for Plagiocephaly? (more…)
For anyone concerned about the shape of their baby’s head, we can advise you on whether or not your baby’s condition can be treated with a Plagiocephaly helmet. Here is everything you need to know about our Plagiocephaly clinics, services, and clinicians.
Cleaning Your Baby’s Helmet to Minimise Odours and Itching
On our Facebook page, parents often ask for advice on how to clean a plagiocephaly helmet, particularly during the summer.
While a plagiocephaly helmet is a safe form of treatment with no detrimental effect on cranial growth, it can often start to get a bit smelly. People who have to wear a helmet for work or use a cast for a broken bone find the same and it is perfectly natural. The odour is caused by sweat and natural skin oils, and so is especially common in babies with long hair and during the warmer months of the year. Some babies can also experience minor sweat rash or redness on the scalp.
Around half of all babies under the age of one show signs of flat head syndrome to some extent. Despite this, many people still raise their eyebrows when they see a baby in a corrective helmet. Recently, this issue was brought to the fore, where, having shared pictures of her daughter in her helmet, tabloids such as Radar questioned reality star, Meghan King Edmond’s mothering capability.
To help you turn those stares into smiles and reservations into reassurances we’ve compiled a guide to plagiocephaly helmet designs.
Parents are often left in the dark about treatment options that are available to them for Plagiocephaly. We have created a plagiocephaly presentation that aims to provide parents, carers and healthcare professionals with the basic information they need in order to correct this common condition before it becomes severe. As well as this, providing a detailed summary of the presentation.