Study to investigate the behavioural, cognitive and neurological impairments associated with craniosynostosis and plagiocephaly
In 2012, we received a piece of news regarding USA research on craniosynostosis and plagiocephaly. This article highlighted the Department of Pediatric Psychiatry at Seattle Children’s Hospital’s participation in an NIH-funded study of the neurobehavioral correlates of craniosynostosis. This craniofacial disorder is characterized by the premature fusion of two adjoining plates of the skull, which result in malformations and dysmorphology of the head in the absence of corrective surgery.
For those uncertain about or unfamiliar with plagiocephaly and its treatment options, you’ve come to the right place. Plagiocephaly is a condition that a significant number of babies develop in the early months of life. It’s 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.
You may have noticed that your baby has a tendency to tilt their head to one side and a flat spot on your baby’s head. Having discovered that these symptoms are characteristic of torticollis and a head deformity known as plagiocephaly, you might be trying to decide on the best way forward.
Should you try a course of physiotherapy, osteopathy or chiropractic to treat the plagiocephaly and torticollis, or go straight to your doctor for advice?
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…)
When they decide for their baby to use the TiMband treatment, a lot of parents wonder whether the helmet will affect their baby’s hair growth. The simple answer is yes, but we find that hair growth seems to actually be faster when using a TiMband. Parents, especially Mums, notice that their baby develops a flat spot at the area that’s lying against the cot sheet and this is usually the flattened area. When a helmet is worn, this area is protected and covered and parents even notice that the hair seems to grow more strongly within the helmet than before. This is just the same as when a broken arm or leg is put into a cast. When the cast is removed, the hair has grown due to the protective environment and the reduction in friction from the fabric of sleeves or trouser legs. Don’t worry though, as this is common and not permanent and when the helmet comes off at the end of treatment, things go back to normal.
If your little one has a TiMband, you have no doubt already noticed it working its magic (if your baby is yet to put on their plagiocephaly helmet you have all of this excitement to come!). As well as improving the shape of your baby’s head, you can expect a few other things with the TiMband such as sweating or pink areas on the head. Should you be worried? No, the TiMband is designed to be 100% baby-friendly! To reassure you, this blog post highlights the most common queries that we receive about the TiMband as babies start treatment, it explains why they occur and how to make them better.
With Christmas around the corner, the wintry weather has finally arrived and the temperature has begun to fall. Many parents often ask us what type of headwear should be worn to keep their baby’s head warm whilst out and about and the best ways to keep their baby comfortable. This blog post offers advice and information to help keep baby warm during winter without causing them to overheat.
Wearing winter hats during plagiocephaly treatment. Plagiocephaly helmets are made from a resilient foam liner encased by a lightweight co-polymer shell which provides natural insulation during winter.
Plagiocephaly and Brachycephaly are two of the most common types of flat head syndrome diagnosed every year in the UK. Although the causes are the same, the two conditions describe very different head shapes and it’s important to differentiate the two in order to achieve the best results for your baby.
This blog post establishes the key differences between Plagiocephaly and Brachycephaly so you can take the next steps in finding the right treatment.
Why is plagiocephaly treatment recommended as a standard intervention for babies in the USA while babies in the UK are expected to self-correct? Throughout Britain, countless parents of babies suffering from varying degrees of flat head syndrome are being sent home by the NHS and told to ‘wait and see’ with the reassurance that the condition will always fully improve on its own. Time is being wasted as parents wait and, despite continual repositioning and sleepless nights, they see little or no result for their efforts. As helmet therapy is only able to help infants under the age of 14 months while the skull is still flexible and growing rapidly, the UK’s trivializing stance on plagiocephaly treatment is seeing thousands of children miss out on the opportunity to have a ‘normal’ head shape.
Close collaboration between parents, treatment specialists is essential to ensure that intervention is started at the right time to provide effective treatment for babies with plagiocephaly. Timing takes into account a number of contributing factors to the condition including, the age of the infant, the severity of the deformity and the presence or absence of other related issues such as facial deformity, torticollis and craniosynotosis.
There are three vital stages of plagiocephaly intervention that should be considered for effective plagiocephaly treatment in infants.