You may have noticed a deformity in your baby’s head shape, spoken to your family, a friend, and a doctor or health visitor and eventually found us online.
If you are concerned about your baby’s head shape and need advice, the next step is to contact us for a free consultation to assess the severity of any head shape deformity that your baby may have. We can help you to establish whether your baby needs flat head syndrome treatment which is often a combination of plagiocephaly and brachycephaly. During this consultation, we are able to answer any questions and concerns you may have and offer our advice on the best form of treatment for your baby.
For more information about what you can expect from an initial appointment, read our informative blog post on what happens at a plagiocephaly evaluation.
If your baby has a prematurely closed suture, a synostosis, we cannot treat this and if we suspect this, we will refer you back to your GP and if necessary contact the nearest craniofacial unit for further investigations. If we are in any doubt about the nature of your baby’s head shape deformity, we will not treat but advise that you seek further investigation and write on your behalf to help you find the most appropriate treatment. We estimate that one in a hundred infants who see us has an unrecognised condition which requires further investigation.
Repositioning Techniques and Tummy Time
If your baby is less than four months old, we usually recommend repositioning techniques to develop their motor skills and protect against a more severe form of plagiocephaly. Our repositioning guide offers top tips from parents and professional guidance from clinical orthotists on how to use repositioning to improve your baby’s head shape naturally without the need for further flat head syndrome treatment.
There are a number of different repositioning techniques you can try such as putting your baby on his or her tummy to play. These techniques can help remove pressure from your baby’s head so that it can naturally return to a more normal shape. Again, there is no fee for this advice and monitoring. We will see you after about one month to see if this has been helpful in resolving the condition.
If repositioning techniques are showing no clear signs of sufficient improvement, then we may recommend a plagiocephaly helmet which will bring about a permanent correction. They are most effective when started between four and seven months of age, but we will start a treatment up to 14 months of age.
For more information on the optimum age for plagiocephaly treatment, our recent blog post on how old is too old for flat head syndrome, offers a detailed insight into why we have a recommended window of treatment using the TiMband. In general however, earlier interventions give a fuller and quicker result.
How long does plagiocephaly treatment last?
Depending on age, Plagiocephaly treatment usually lasts from three to six months. The treatment length is dependent on head growth. We know how much a head will grow in a certain period of time and when the TiMband is outgrown that is the end of treatment.
We are often asked if the baby will need a second treatment and the answer is usually no. If the head shape is very severe and the baby is young enough when they start, then occasionally we do recommend a second helmet but this is only needed in very extreme cases.
Your baby will receive expert care from one of our qualified and registered staff, who are led by Steve Mottram, the UK’s leading clinician in the field of plagiocephaly treatment and flat head syndrome correction.
Steve Mottram MBAPO,
Managing Director of Technology in Motion and creator of the TiMband.