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.
Benjamin & Matthew's story
Parent(s): Kiera and Nigel
Benjamin (top left photo) was born in September 2002 weighing 8lb 15oz after a fairly uneventful birth, although the final stage of labour lasted two hours. However, it soon became apparent that he would only look to the left, and when he was 11 weeks old it suddenly struck parents Kiera and Nigel how misshapen his head had become.
The doctor informed Benjamin's parents that it was "just the shape of his head", but they did not feel happy with this explanation since his head had been perfect when he was born. The health visitor had no knowledge of positional plagiocephaly whatsoever, and the paediatrician simply told the family that Benjamin would grow hair to cover the flatness.
Kiera and Nigel tried a number of options, including a cranial osteopath, physiotherapy and repositioning, but nothing seemed to help. By chance, they met someone whose friend had a daughter with a helmet, and soon after they found themselves at a specialist's clinic. Benjamin wore his helmet for 18 weeks, in which time his moderate asymmetry was reduced to just 1mm. His ears are still slightly misaligned but, as Kiera says, "his head is now so beautiful that he happily sports a very short haircut" (middle photo).
The family's second son, Matthew (bottom photo), was born in May 2004 weighing 10lb 3oz. Kiera and Nigel bought a support pillow before he was born and repositioned him from birth hoping that this would alleviate any potential problems. It soon became clear however that he would only look right, and his above-average weight gain, coupled with his refusal to turn his head, meant that he too was diagnosed with positional plagiocephaly. As the paediatrician put it, "gravity meant that a flat head was inevitable".
Matthew fell into the moderate category (Kiera is sure it would have been much worse if they had not taken preventative steps from the outset) and was fitted with a helmet in November 2004: again, 18 weeks later his asymmetry was also reduced to 1mm and the helmet was removed.
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