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.

Jamie

Jamie's story

Parent(s): Sarah and Jason

Location: Surrey

Jamie was born on 4 May 2004, a normal but very quick delivery. His parents noticed when he was a couple of weeks old that the right side of his head was a bit flat, and that it seemed to tilt to the right. They didn't think too much of it, but when Sarah went for the six-week check-up she mentioned it to the GP who informed her that Jamie had plagiocephaly and torticollis.

As she had never heard of the conditions, Sarah was slightly worried. The GP assured her that the head shape would correct itself in time, but would refer Jamie to have physio for the torticollis. Sarah returned home that day feeling quite worried and even guilty that perhaps she had caused this to happen to him. The physio treatment began and she was informed that both conditions were likely to have occurred in utero due to how low she carried throughout pregnancy, which meant Jamie would have been squashed.

After a couple of months Sarah was sure that the flattening was getting worse, so she started to do some research on the net. She came across an online group of parents with plagio babies, and was advised to contact one of the specialist doctors. Sarah and Jason emailed a doctor, who asked them to take Jamie in to see him. They felt lucky that they had managed to get an appointment so quickly.

After the consultation Jamie's parents were informed that his asymmetry was 24mm, which is classed as severe plagiocephaly, and it was recommended that he wear a helmet. His parents immediately made the decision to go ahead. Sarah was worried how Jamie would adapt to wearing a helmet for 23 hours a day, but soon realised that she needn't have worried at all as he took to it straight away.

After only five weeks of treatment there was a visibly marked improvement: his measurement of misalignment was reduced from 24mm to 15mm. Jamie's parents are completely certain that they made the right decision and are sure that they will see some great results. As for the torticollis, he does still have a tilt but, in following the stretching exercises as shown by the physio, it will hopefully correct in time. After only five weeks of treatment there was a visibly marked improvement: his measurement of misalignment was reduced from 24mm to 15mm. Jamie's parents are completely certain that they made the right decision and are sure that they will see some great results. As for the torticollis, he does still have a tilt but, in following the stretching exercises as shown by the physio, it will hopefully correct in time.

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