There are many distinctive characteristics of brachycephaly, the most common being that the head is significantly shorter in the front to back length than usual. This can cause the front of the head to look a lot wider than would be expected, there is often a plagiocephaly as well which means that the head shape is asymmetric. The expected outcome of Brachycephaly treatment is dependent on the severity of the condition and the baby’s age – for more information on classifying the severity of brachycephaly, please read our previous post. However, if your child requires a TiMband cranial helmet or is currently undergoing treatment, here are a few key pieces of information that will help give you peace of mind while your little one makes progress.
The skull of a baby can be quite flexible, both in the bone structure and the flexible sutures between the bones. A baby with brachycephaly usually has a flattened back to the head and this often results in the lower bones at the sides of the skull, the temporal bones to become flexed. In an adult, they sit just above the top of the ear, above where the arms of sunglasses sit. It’s not unusual to notice that this area can look wider as these bones can vary in their degree of visibility, depending on the head shape.
What Happens During Brachycephaly Treatment?
During treatment, parents see a significant improvement in head shape, even just a few weeks into treatment and in an infant with brachycephaly, the TiMband allows the head to grow and develop from front to back, improving the overall head shape. As this happens, the flexed temporal bones above the ears might become more noticeable and this is normal. Over time as the head continues to grow and develop throughout childhood, these will become less noticeable as the overall head shape will be brought back to a much more normal shape during treatment.
Treatment for brachycephaly using a TiMband is just as effective as treatment for a plagiocephaly and whatever your baby’s head shape is at assessment, if treatment is started early enough and the helmet is used as prescribed ,we know that we can make a huge and permanent improvement to your baby’s quality of life.
Contacting a Clinician
If your child is currently undergoing TiMband treatment and you are concerned by any lumps, ridges or abnormalities that do not seem to be smoothing out, then make sure to show and ask the advice of the clinician at your next progress check-up. If your concern is growing, please feel free to contact us so we can set up an earlier appointment with you and your child.
If you wish to know any more information on the different types of brachycephaly treatment there are, please read our blog post, exploring a variety of different treatments. Alternatively, if you feel that your child may have brachycephaly and would like to book a no-obligation initial consultation, please get in touch.