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Does anyones infant wear a helmet b/c of a flat head?

Posted by on Sep. 3, 2008 at 10:12 PM
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My little guy is almost 8 mo. old and I think he might need a helmet for his flat head but I wanted to get others advise/input.  When I took him to his 6mo. check up the Dr. mentioned that his head was to flat and brought up maybe getting him a helmet. I kinda freaked out and asked her if I could try to fix it on my own and so she told me to lay him on his side in the sleep positioner for naps or on his belly, (which the belly didn't work b/c he hates to be on his belly) and at bedtime to keep him on his back so i did all of that and it did improve but not that much. I looked back at pictures of my daughter when she was 7mo. old and her head was so round and completely different than Joeys so I freaked and took him to the Dr. again and thats when she set me up with Childrens Hospital. She measured his head and said that it was growing which is always good but she didnt want it to grow to much for fear that a helmet would not work if all his soft spots had fused together. So this is what I'm worried about, the appt. isnt till Sept 25th! He will almost be 9 mo. old! But they said since its a specialist its really hard to get in. I'm just freakin out! i don't mind that he needs a helmet, if that will fix it then fine, sign me up. I just dont want to get him in to late and them say "well he's to old, its not going to do
him any good now". ya know? then he'll be stuck with a flat head. I lso enclose a picture so you could get an idea of what it looks like. So, any advise or input would be appreciated! These are just some questions I have if anyone can answer them who has been in this situation,

1. Did you have to take your lil one to Childrens hospital to get x-rays first?
2. Did you then see the plastic surgery dept.?
3. Did they wear it 24/7?
4. How many months did they wear it?
5. Did your insurance pay for it?
6. How old were they when they first got it?

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msmagpie83
by on Sep. 4, 2008 at 12:18 AM


Quoting mommabozzi:

My little guy is almost 8 mo. old and I think he might need a helmet for his flat head but I wanted to get others advise/input.  When I took him to his 6mo. check up the Dr. mentioned that his head was to flat and brought up maybe getting him a helmet. I kinda freaked out and asked her if I could try to fix it on my own and so she told me to lay him on his side in the sleep positioner for naps or on his belly, (which the belly didn't work b/c he hates to be on his belly) and at bedtime to keep him on his back so i did all of that and it did improve but not that much. I looked back at pictures of my daughter when she was 7mo. old and her head was so round and completely different than Joeys so I freaked and took him to the Dr. again and thats when she set me up with Childrens Hospital. She measured his head and said that it was growing which is always good but she didnt want it to grow to much for fear that a helmet would not work if all his soft spots had fused together. So this is what I'm worried about, the appt. isnt till Sept 25th! He will almost be 9 mo. old! But they said since its a specialist its really hard to get in. I'm just freakin out! i don't mind that he needs a helmet, if that will fix it then fine, sign me up. I just dont want to get him in to late and them say "well he's to old, its not going to do
him any good now". ya know? then he'll be stuck with a flat head. I lso enclose a picture so you could get an idea of what it looks like. So, any advise or input would be appreciated! These are just some questions I have if anyone can answer them who has been in this situation,

1. Did you have to take your lil one to Childrens hospital to get x-rays first?
2. Did you then see the plastic surgery dept.?
3. Did they wear it 24/7?
4. How many months did they wear it?
5. Did your insurance pay for it?
6. How old were they when they first got it?


Ok, I'll try to help you out with the info that I know, but I've never had a child with this.  My friend did however, and it made ALL the world of a difference.  Her "flat" head was on the side of her head, so it actually began to mis-shape her face, her eyes were uneven.  She had to go see a neurologist, but I don't think she saw a plastic surgeon.  She had to wear the helmet for 23 hours a day, for about 5 months (though they initially said it would be about 8 months).  She was on medicaid, so they didn't cover the cost of it (they said it was cosmetic... um, ok... I would think it would also fall into the psychological division, but whatever!), however I know there is a growing trend of insurance companies covering it because of the psychological issues a child may incur if their head is misshaped.  I read an article about a couple that was denied coverage on the helmet but then when they challenged the insurance company, they paid it.  My friend's daughter's helmet cost $2000.  She said it was worth every single (F*#$$&#@) penny.  She got it when she was about 6-6 1/2 months old.  Though you don't normally see kids out walking around in the helmets, please know that it is actually a lot more common than you probably initally thought.  Positional Plagiocephaly (Flat Head Syndrome) has become increasingly common due to the knowledge of babies sleeping on their backs now to reduce the risk of SIDS. I hope this article helps you some :)

http://kidshealth.org/parent/general/sleep/positional_plagiocephaly.html

natalieg
by on Sep. 4, 2008 at 11:38 AM

I had a baby in daycare that had to wear one. He has to wear it all the time except when he was eating food or having a bath. It helped a ton!

That's about all I know about it, sorry I can't be more help. Good luck & I hope it's not too late by the time ou get to see the doctor. (Surely they would have gotten you in sooner though if they thought it would be too late by the end of the month.)

Malley
by on Sep. 4, 2008 at 1:12 PM

My grandson has a helmet. He has torticullis, so he only turned his head to one side. The back of his head was flat and his head kind of diamond shaped. He was 12 months when he got it, so it will take longer, but in the past 2 months the back of his head has rounded out and his ears have lined up. His head looks lots better already. My daughter took him to a clinc that specializes in helmets, and they do the measurements etc there. He goes almost every week to be checked. He wears it 23 hours a day.

missthyst
by on Sep. 4, 2008 at 10:06 PM

I was just at the pediatrician today, and my son has the same thing.  He is 7 monthes, and last time we were there they suggested trying some of the things you have done as well.  His head has rounded out dramatically.  However, there is still a fairly noticable flat spot on the right back side.  Its not too bad really...but the larger the head gets the more noticable it will become.  We are getting a helmet for him.  I am going to Cranial Technologies Inc.  in Annandale, Va.  Check out there website(cranialtech.com)...it's full of good stuff.   I don't know about Children's hospital or x-rays or anything.  Were you told that this was a purely cosmetic issue or are they ruling out some other problem?  It might just be because of what your insurance company requires too....not sure.  I was told that they just  do a mold of the head and make a helmet.  I have to drive down to Virginia once a week or two for adjustments, and that he will wear it 23 hours a day. They don't look that bad from the pics. I do think the earlier you get in the better...but I've seen great before and afters from older kids than our sons.   I haven't had my consultation yet, but this place seems top notch....you might look into it. Best of luck.

ourbabyboy
by on Sep. 23, 2008 at 7:18 PM

hi how are u my name is mia and my babys head is flaten in the back email me and i can give u alot of infor on what to do and how to to do everything my email address is love34ever85@yahoo.com u can instant message me also. or just send me a message on my cafemom i tryed sending u a message but it said u were not a member.

MommyJenieM82
by on Sep. 23, 2008 at 7:21 PM

My son was supposed to but me and my husband choose not to. His head is still a little flat on the back left side but it isn't noticeable. He did get x rays done when he was a baby. Other than that we didn't do anything else with it. Sorry I'm not much help

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