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Doctor insights on: Does My Baby Need A Helmet For His Misshapen Head

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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Deformed Shape Of Skull (Definition)

A deformed or altered shape of the skull is common in newborns. Newborn head molding is an abnormal head shape that results from pressure on the ...Read more


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What happens if you have a flathead/misshapen head, how has it impacted your life?

What happens if you have a flathead/misshapen head, how has it impacted your life?

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

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Do I need to give my baby a helmet if he has a flat head?

Do I need to give my baby a helmet if he has a flat head?

No: Depending on the type of head deformity, such as in the case of craniosynostosis or premature closure of the plates forming the newborn skull, the treatment is surgery and is emergent. Your doctor can help you know if your child has this condition. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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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!!

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 more

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Is there an adult molding helmet for a weird shaped head? I am 18 years old.

Is there an adult molding helmet for a weird shaped head? I am 18 years old.

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

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Are helmets the only way to reshape a 9 month old head? She has flat head that is noticeable.

Are helmets the only way to reshape a 9 month old head? She has flat head that is noticeable.

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

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My roommate fell off her bike and hit her head (wearing a helmet). She doesn't think she has a concussion, but what should we look out for?

You don't: If any person has head injury , trained person ( ER Or doctor ) the best person must be first one for evaluation to avoid tragedies and will instruct what to look for . ...Read more

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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?

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?

Doubt need: Posterior flattening has become more common since the back to sleep campaign in the 90's. It tends to resolve as the kid begins to sit and spend less time on their back.Recent data shows many helmeted kids din no better than those without. ...Read more

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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?

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?

No: The cranial bones of an infant are not fused together, which allows for expansion as the brain grows. Because of this a helmet can correct a deformity in an infants skull. By the age of 17 most skull bones are fused and immovable. ...Read more