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Join Our Mission to Raise Awareness about Plagiocephaly Treatment

In a recent post, we attempted to answer the question of why plagiocephaly helmets are not available on the NHS. Having explored the research published to date together with some of the many examples in the press, we were still unable to see a logical reason why parents do not have access to plagiocephaly treatment on the NHS. (more…)

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With the changing seasons and temperatures soon to be warming up, we wanted to follow on from our previous Keeping Baby Warm in Winter Without Overheating blog post to help parents understand the effect of the TiMband on how they should dress their baby throughout the year.

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Starting helmet treatment carries all sorts of emotions for parents, especially for new Mums. The good news is that it’s only for a short time with correction starting in the first few days and you’re doing the best for your baby. Just as it’s new for Mum, it’s also something new for your baby, but then everything is new for baby so if it’s Ok for Mum, it’s Ok for baby. The TiMband is just another new thing for babies to familiarise themselves with and the majority of babies adjust straight away. Others can take a little longer but either way, here are some useful pieces of advice for helping baby to adjust to the TiMband.

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A cranial helmet to treat plagiocephaly works as a gentle remoulding treatment, gradually guiding a baby’s head shape towards the correct shape as the head grows.

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When parents decide to have their baby fitted with the TiMband, many 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, this is common and not permanent and when the helmet comes off at the end of treatment, things go back to normal.

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If your little one has a TiMband, you are likely to have already witnessed 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 when babies start treatment.

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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.

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