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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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Should I get a helmet for my child? I fear that his head will be misshaped his whole life. He is currently 8 months old.

Should I get a helmet for my child? I fear that his head will be misshaped his whole life. He is currently 8 months old.

Cranial banding: is considered for children with skull deformities, and ideally started before 6 months of age. Each child is carefully evaluated and measured by the cranial banding team, and those who are candidates are offered the helmet. If the helmet has been recommended for him at this stage, it will likely be of value in preventing long term skull asymmetry. ...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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Are helmets the only way to reshape a child's head?

Are helmets the only way to reshape a child's head?

Depends: We don't have enough information to answer this question. It depends on age, & degree of the problem. Sometimes surgery is an option, but it is a very serious surgery. Talk to your doctor about the specifics in your case and all the possible treatments. Get a second opinion, if you wish.(take all the records with you when you do) In fact, getting a second opinion on any serious problem is smart! ...Read more

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My child has flat head and my pediatrician doesn't recommend helmets. What should I do? She is 8 1/2 months old.

My child has flat head and my pediatrician doesn't recommend helmets. What should I do? She is 8 1/2 months old.

2nd opinion: The term flat head is not very specific. A few may benefit from helmet therapy while a lot self correct. If the idea of waiting to see bothers you,get a 2nd opinion form another doc with appropriate experience evaluating these cases. ...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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Baby w/ helmet rolled out of laundry basket onto the tile floor, landed on her face, has fat lip, bleeding lip stopped she seems ok. Brain injury? Er?

Baby w/ helmet rolled out of laundry basket onto the tile floor, landed on her face, has fat lip, bleeding lip stopped she seems ok. Brain injury? Er?

Difficult question: Difficult question due to knot enough facts known. It is always safest to have a baby with concern of a head injury to be assessed at er. That being said, no loss of consciousness, no vomiting, did not hit head, more than likely okay. However, if prior bleed or head injury, this increases chances of further injury. Difficult for us to say from this side of the computer, but safe is better. ...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

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Can you catch head lice from headphones or helmets?

Can you catch head lice from headphones or helmets?

Yes: Yes you could catch head lice from these things. It is usually transferred from combs and brushes. ...Read more

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Can helmets actually cause head injuries?

No: There is no evidence to show that helmets cause head injuries. ...Read more

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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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Symtoms are tingline sensation towards top and sides of my head slight pressure like i was wearing helmet and took it off no pains or headaches ?

Symtoms are tingline sensation towards top and sides of my head slight pressure like i was wearing helmet and took it off no pains or headaches ?

Possible nerve sensi: This may be related to sensitivity of the sensory nerves in the head possibly from cervical arthritis. Would check with your local ear, nose and throat doctor. ...Read more

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Bike accident with helmet wearing on, no sign of external head trauma but for next 2days my head feel a kind of throbbing sensasion..Anything be wrong?

Bike accident with helmet wearing on, no sign of external head trauma but for next 2days my head feel a kind of throbbing sensasion..Anything be wrong?

GET IT CHECKED ASAP: Any throbbing sensation or pain 2days following any blunt head trauma should be evaluated with complete neurological examination and possibly a cat scan of head without contrast to rule out sub dural hematoma. ...Read more

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