Does my baby need a helmet for his misshapen head?

Most Likely No. Helmets, or doc bands as they are sometimes known, are a very controversial topic. If your pediatrician feels your child's misshapen head (plagiocephaly) is a result of the bones of the skull fusing too early (synostosis), then surgery is likely the only treatment option. However, if plagiocephaly is caused by the baby always lying in the same position, it will likely resolve with time.