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.
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.
How does plagiocephaly affect the head and face?
Plagiocephaly is predominantly identified by a flattening either at the back or to either side of the skull. As a direct result of this flattening, facial features can become misaligned and other issues may develop. The facial features subject to the most change include the eyes and the ears. As such, facial asymmetry is also regarded as a good indication of plagiocephaly.
Do cranial helmets influence ear position in babies with plagiocephaly?
In 2012, a paper was published in the Journal of Craniofacial Surgery exploring whether or not helmet therapy, such as TiMband treatment, influences the ear position in babies with positional plagiocephaly.
This is a question that we are often asked but it’s a difficult one to answer, as the changes can be so subtle.
Following a diagnosis of plagiocephaly, parents often carry out extensive research online to try and understand exactly how the condition affects the brain or seek out clinical online studies to help them decide whether to treat and which treatment option will have the best results for their baby. (more…)
In many cases, flat head syndrome will self correct through repositioning, bringing it within the normal and acceptable range. However, where infants have moderate or severe flat head syndrome, this is unlikely to improve significantly without further intervention.
The question is, what constitutes mild, moderate and severe flat head syndrome? (more…)
10 FAQs from parents, health visitors and concerned family members
Bringing a little person into the world is a wonderful thing, but it can also be an emotional rollercoaster. With mixed advice coming from all directions, feelings of worry, self-doubt and guilt can quickly accumulate. One common cause for concern is the treatment of flat head syndrome, a condition that now affects almost half of infants. (more…)
Baby head shapes: what’s normal and what isn’t?
Many of the parents who come to see us are anxious about the shapes of their babies’ heads. We are often asked things like ‘what should a baby’s head look like?’ and ‘how severe a flattening is too severe?’, so we thought we might put a few minds at rest by answering some of these questions here. (more…)
Signs and symptoms of plagiocephaly (AKA flat head syndrome) and torticollis
When your baby was only a few weeks old, you may have noticed how he seemed to cock his head whenever he looked at you. Seeing him in other situations, you might have then realised that this was his customary posture. When you tried to move his head away from his shoulder, he may have cried as though you were causing him pain. (more…)
Everything you need to know about flat head syndrome in babies
Flat head syndrome is a general term applied to infants whose cranial development has resulted in a flat area on the back or side of the head (cranial asymmetry). The deformity may be present at birth or become apparent during the first few months of the infant’s life. (more…)
What are the advantages of choosing a plagiocephaly helmet over conservative (repositioning) therapy?
Plagiocephaly helmets offer a safe and non-invasive treatment for asymmetrical and unusually wide head shapes. They do not interfere with development and work similarly to the teeth bracing worn by older children and young adults. This post explores the benefits of a plagiocephaly helmet to help you decide on the best course of action for your baby. (more…)