Flat Head Infant Treatment
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. To learn more about how severity is defined, please read our related article. We can help you to establish whether your baby needs plagiocephaly treatment, which is often used to treat a combination of plagiocephaly and brachycephaly. During the consultation, we can answer any questions and concerns you my have on flat head infant treatment and we can offer our advice on the best form of treatment for your baby.
For more information about what to expect from your initial appointment, read our informative blog post on what happens at a plagiocephaly evaluation.
If your baby has a prematurely closed suture, known as a synostosis we cannot treat this and will refer you back to your GP, who can if necessary refer to your 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 instead advise that you seek further investigations. If necessary we can also write to your GP, copying in yourself and your nearest craniofacial unit to help you to find the most appropriate treatment. We estimate that one in a hundred infants who see us have an unrecognised condition that requires further investigation, which is sad but true.
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 orthotics on how to use repositioning to improve your baby’s head shape naturally, without the need for further flat head syndrome treatment.
There are many repositioning techniques that you can try, such as putting your baby on their tummy to play; propping their upper body if your baby is young, carrying in a sling or simply turning their head as they sleep. These simple techniques can help to remove pressure from you baby’s head so that it can naturally return to a more normal shape. If you wish, we will see you after about one month to see if this plagiocephaly treatment technique is resolving the condition. For more information on how to make tummy time and repositioning easier, please see our previous article.
If repositioning techniques are showing no obvious signs of sufficient improvement, we may recommend a plagiocephaly helmet to bring about a permanent correction. Helmets are most effective when started between four and seven months of age, but we can start treatment up to 14 months of age.
Take a look at our TiMband prices and funding page to see a full breakdown of the total cost, with lots of helpful advice to help you pay for your baby’s treatment through sponsorship and community fundraisers. For more information on the optimum age for plagiocephaly treatment, our 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 between three and six months with treatment length being dependent on head growth. We know how much a head will grow in a certain period of time, and when the TiMband is outgrown, this is the end of treatment.
Parents sometimes ask us if their baby will need a second helmet during their course of plagiocephaly treatment. Usually, this is not required but if your baby’s head shape is very severe and they are still young enough, we might recommend using a second helmet. To read more about how long it takes to correct plagiocephaly, please read our previous related blog post.
Your baby will receive expert care from one of our qualified and registered clinicians, 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.