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Doctor insights on: How To Know If Baby Needs Helmet

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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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Do doctors check for plagiocephaly during well baby visits? How to revert a flat spot at 9 weeks without a helmet?

Do doctors check for plagiocephaly during well baby visits?  How to revert a flat spot at 9 weeks without a helmet?

Yes: Your pediatrician should be checking for plagiocephaly at every well visit. The head is still very pliable at 9 weeks. It is important to rotate positions while the baby is lying down and also in the car seat. Plenty of tummy time, when you are awake will also help. Most cases do resolve on their own without the use of helmets. ...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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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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I've heard of a medication for babies it's a natural medicine called bebe cal it actually calms your baby to sleep was just interested if any dr knows?

I've heard of a medication for babies it's a natural medicine called bebe cal it actually calms your baby to sleep was just interested if any dr knows?

Not recommended: This medication has Diphenhydramine (benadryl), Chloral Hydrate (a strong sedative) and belladona (a poison)! none of these are recommended for parents to give to their babies! just because a medication is labeled as "natural" does not make it safe, especially for kids! many meds do not go through the fda and have never been tested on children. Do not use this without your doctor's advice. ...Read more

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Should skateboarders wear helmets?

Should skateboarders wear helmets?

Of course!: Helmets save lives, on bikers, skaters, roller bladers, hockey players, football players, any sport with a risk of serious head injuury.... Basically any activity where there's a risk of serious head injury. ...Read more

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Do all states require that motorists wear helmets now?

SADLY - NO!: Here is a breakdown state by state: http://news.Consumerreports.Org/cars/2011/06/state-by-state-guide-to-motorcycle-helmet-laws.Html the minority of states have universal mandatory motorcyle helmet requirements. ...Read more