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Does My Baby Need A Helmet For His Misshapen Head
Cosmetic issue only: The shape of your head usually does not affect the brain. It might be a cosmetic issue but usually hair can be used to improve the appearance. ...Read more
The pediatrician says our baby has an asymmetrical head and that we can select to have him wear a special helmet. Is this really necessary?
Maybe: Some asymmetry improves on its own with simple efforts like changing sleep position, neck stretches. Occasionally, physical therapy to improve a neck issue is also needed. Sometimes, in spite of these the shape gradually worsens and helmets can provide a better cosmetic outcome. When started too late, it is less likely to help.Those who have examined the kid are in the best position to tell ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I'm 16&have untreated Plagiocephaly , i wore a helmet as a baby, but it didn't help treat it. I suffer from a daily migraine disorder, could this be linked to it? and is it treatable? I hate the shape of my head!! thank you!!
Not related to shape: Your migraine headaches are unlikely to be related to your head shape. You should see a neurologist for help with treatment of the headaches. At this time, altering your head shape will be a very difficult issue since the bones of your skull have been fused for many years. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It wouldn't help: Infant head molding helmets work by shifting pressure points over skull plates that are separated from one another and capable of shifting position. This flexibility diminishes with age, making helmet therapy less helpful after age 1 yr and of no value later.The skull finishes most of its growth by age 9 and fuses most of its sutures gradually into the 3rd decade. ...Read more
Pretty much: This is our standard of care for a baby to reshape head. Keep in mind she's up and around much more than she used to be so this may continue to improve on its own. What does your pediatrician say about it? Are her fontanelles still open? A plastics referral may be in order. ...Read more
My one month old has an indention in the back of his head from laying on his back. Will he need to wear one of those helmets to help reshape his head?
Im 17 with flat head, distance between my forhead and back of my head is ridicoulas. Is there no way this can be fixed without crainio a helmet maybe?
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