Success stories

Plagiocephaly and brachycephaly have both been successfully treated with helmets for many years. Discover some treatment success stories below – simply click a child’s name from the list on the left to view their story.

Archie

Archie's story

Parent(s): Elina and Ben

Location: Hertfordshire

Archie was born on 19 November 2004, three weeks early, a twin to his sister Lily. At around six weeks, parents Elina and Ben noticed that his head was misshapen but thought that it would right itself. In February 2005 the family saw their health visitor, who advised them that it would indeed correct itself. However she did also suggest 'tummy time' and that the family should see the doctor if they wished.

Elina and Ben made an appointment to see their doctor in March, who said much the same: nothing to worry about and that his hair would cover the flattened spot. Then a family member was given the article 'Dummy, blanket, helmet...' from the 22 February edition of The Guardian. They contacted Headstart and, subsequently, got in touch with a specialist in London.

The family's first visit to the clinic was in April 2005, when the consultation showed that Archie's head was 22mm out of alignment, a severe classification. After they decided to go ahead, Archie's helmet was fitted in May – and after just four weeks he was down to a 4mm misalignment, a stunning improvement. After a further six weeks, the measurement was down to 0mm and his helmet came off on 10 July 2005. In the ten-week period that Archie was a banded baby, he never experienced any problems with wearing the helmet.

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