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How To Know If Baby Needs Helmet
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
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
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
My child has flat head and my pediatrician doesn't recommend helmets. What should I do? She is 8 1/2 months old.
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer