Plagiocephaly Helmet Really Needed For Mild Case?
By - BusHumble
With my daughter we actually had to fight tooth and nail to get a helmet and ended up paying out of pocket. The difference was incredible even though she only wore it for about 5 months. It bot only affected her head shape but her face as well was lopsided before. It doesn't hurt if they think it's needed imo
Oh they’ll still make us pay out of pocket for sure. 😕 I just don’t want to deal with it and pay for it if it’s not actually goi g to matter in the long run. It’s a big thing to do “just in case.”
In our experience, the first step in getting a helmet is a scan where they apply different measurements and rank them on a scale. They only recommend helmets if the measurements rank highly enough. You might go ahead and do that part, which may help you make your decision. It may look ok to the eye but you want to ensure your child will be able to wear glasses, helmets, etc in the future and the scan will evaluate many angles.
Our situation sounds quite a bit like yours in that the PT was saying helmet but the pediatrician said just do tummy time and it will correct. Unfortunately, the shape ended up just getting worse and we had to insist on a helmet. The helmet did help, but my twins were as old as could be to start with a helmet, their growth was slowing, and we had to wear them a longer than usual amount of time. Helmets are a lot of work, so if you have any thought about possibly getting one, go ahead and get the scan now as you will have better results with shorter helmet time.
At the end of the day, I’m glad we did it because it did help, and I don’t have parenting guilt that I didn’t do all I could. But it’s by no means perfectly round. No one’s is after all.
If you decide that it’s too minor to mess with a helmet, you might look into getting a tortle. Good luck!
We’ve been trying a Tortle but he hates it. He’ll scream and scream and won’t stop until we take it off, even if it’s been hours (so dramatic already 😆) I’m afraid if we do get a helmet it will be like that. 😬 It’s nothing to do with hurting his neck because he’ll scream even when we’re holding him and it’s not stretching his neck. He just hates things fitted on his head.
We paid out of pocket for my son’s helmet, but his head was seriously flat due to a number of issues. I wouldn’t do it for a mild flat spot.
Is it symmetric or not? Asymmetric will look worse and may lead to jaw problems.
It is asymmetric unfortunately. His pediatrician did say that it’s mild and won’t cause any problems beyond the cosmetic, so he didn’t seem to think it was bad enough to cause jaw problems.
The pediatrician is probably correct, but the specialist would have a more trustworthy opinion. You can visit the specialist without committing to treatment. When I wrote "jaw problems", I didn't mean just ones you will notice. Uneven joint and teeth wear could cause trouble long after you are gone, perhaps when your son is 50 years old.
Cosmetic is unfortunately of major importance in all social interactions. It will affect employment, grades, dating, police interactions, and so much more. Cosmetic definitely doesn't mean unimportant.
My son also had a mild flat spot and we were asked about putting him in a helmet a couple of times. We opted not to do it because insurance didn't cover the costs and with it not being too severe I didn't feel like putting him through that experience. He is now 2.5 and you have to feel his skull to notice a flat spot at all. IMO if it isn't too serious I would keep up with the tummy time, try propping a rolled up blanket under him to help him lean toward the opposite side, and he will likely outgrow it!
We used a pillow for it, the cost is low and both babies' heads rounded out after a few months.
I might try this when he’s a little older. Right now it makes me nervous because it’s not considered safe sleep. (Although I know it’s an incredibly tiny risk, I’m just paranoid and it would keep me up. 😆)
The pillow is shaped in the way where the head stays in place and round out, it's made for the flat head thing specifically.