Baby Helmets

posted 2 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016

My cousin actually had a helmet when he was a baby/young toddler and it definitely made a difference in shaping his head! He actually liked it as a baby and as he got older he thought it was really cool and didn’t mind it at all. Ahah once the helmet came off though he had to learn to be careful with his head 😉 He was so used to hitting it on things all the time and it not hurting. Obviously I wasn’t super involved in the helmet and my aunt and uncle’s decision making process, but I know they have recommended it to other parents and are very glad they did it.

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

If it won’t hurt him and might save him from future torment, why wouldn’t you? Especially since he’s a boy and more likely to do buzz cuts in the summer where a misshapen head would be noticeable. I’ve seen kids that should have had them and I often wonder if their parents didn’t helmet them out of embarrassment… but what about their kids future feelings/embarrassment? 

Good luck in your decision, being a parent and making decisions is hard.

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I don’t know very much about the helmets. Is it something that needs to be worn 24/7, or is it something that can just be worn at home or at night? 

My sister has a very flat head on the back and she’s really self conscious about it. I would think it might be worse for a guy since they tend to either have short hair or no hair.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I know someone who wore it and did really well, their head isn’t perfect but I think they took it off a little early. The partners were very self concouious about it, but the child had no probelm and slept better than ever. I do know the earlier you start the better.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

My niece had a very bad flat spot and they did use the helmet to reshape her head, it worked awesome and she now has a normal shaped head. It took a few months for it to right itself but hers was pretty severe.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

KitKatNYC:  Interesting, although my nieces would have been considered severe and she would not have been included in this study. It was pretty remarkable how well the helmet helped.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

my daughter is in physical therapy because she leans her head to the left more and looks to the right more causing a flat spot on the right. This is because when she was born the cord was wrapped around her neck twice tightly causing muscle tension at birth and weakness and she got used to it off the bat. So I kept bringing it up to the doctor and it wasn’t until a month ago when the flat spot got worse that they finally put her in physical therapy and started talking about the helmet, I’m so mad because she is almost six months and I noticed since she was two days old!

anyways, I would check to see if your child has a certain lean that can be helped with physical therapy as well because they say this can come back during the phase when they learn to walk and the flat spot has caused my daughters forehead to ever so slightly start to push out more so on the right than the left. The physical therapist says this should be able to get better but might not.

we will be using the helmet. “just cosmetic” is important. We would like to teach our children that looks are not important but at the same time I want to protect my children as much as possible and I want to protect my child from anything that might provoke teasing or prevent them from leading a fulfilling life.. I hate to ask the question but ” just cosmetic” doesn’t tell you just how bad it can get if they are willing to keep a child in a helmet for years over it :/

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

Hey the Incans had the same philosophy!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

megz06:  They are called Cranio Caps (at least that’s what ours was called).

My son wore one- I don’t remember for how long, but it made a world of difference.

He wore it for less than a year.  If the DR recommending one- I’d do it.

I know someone who didn’t want her daughter to be seen in one, so she refused to do it.  I thought it was so selfish of her to not want to “fix” the shape of her daughter’s head when she could- just because she was embarrassed and wanted to put bows on her daughters head LOL

 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

That article mentioned above was about a study from the Netherlands that has many issues. If your child has a cranial vault asymmetry of over 6mm, a helmet is recommended. Definitely do repositional therapy, and don’t ignore torticullis, but I’ve seen some great results in my practice with helmets. And with severe cases, there can be auditory and vision issues. 

http://www.oandp.com/articles/2014-08_04.asp

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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