Post # 1
I apologize if there is a different term for it, but I know nothing about this stuff.
I took my son in for his 6 month checkup yesterday, and his doctor asked if I was interested in getting him into one of those helmets to shape his head. He has had a flatter head in the back (and more off to the left), but since he started sleeping on his belly she thought it would fix itself. It has gotten better, but his left side is still a little bit flat. I asked her if there is any damage that could be done from not doing it, and she said it’s mostly cosmetic, that sometimes though if it gets worse it can skew facial features, but she doesn’t think that will happen in my son’s case. She said if we decide to do this, we should decide fairly soon.
My thoughts are if it is purely cosmetic, is it really necessary? On the other hand, I don’t want him to grow up, have insecurities about it and then hate me for never doing it for him. I went online and looked up a few articles, and a lot of people were negative towards the helmet, stating that it didn’t really make a difference, so I am torn.
My question is if your baby wore the helmet, do you think it made a difference? Was it uncomfortable for your LO? Would you recommend doing it?
Post # 2
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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
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
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
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
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 # 7
sugarpea: MstoMrsH: carriejuly: jny1179: Thank you so much ladies. I think I am going to go with it. I totally forgot about how he’d cut his hair one day and that you’d probably notice it quite well. I will note I not embarrassed for him to wear it. I was mostly concerned about him sleeping in it. He has had stiff neck problems in the past when he was a few months old, and I didn’t know if that would make it worse. Plus its an additional cost that I didn’t know would be worth it or not if it is cosmetic only. But I think even though it is cosmetic, it would benefit him later on down the road. I don’t want him to hate me for not doing it!
Cory_loves_this_girl: I think it depends on what the therapist or whoever he sees recommends, but typically babies need to keep it on for about 23 hours a day, only taking it off during bath time. The sleep in it and everything, and the more you stick to the rules, the quicker the helmet can come off. Maybe though since his isn’t that bad he wouldn’t have to wear it as often or for as long.
Post # 8
I read something about this recently:
Personally, I wouldn’t go for it based on the research. Does your insurance cover the cost?
Post # 9
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 # 10
KitKatNYC: That’s one of the articles I read as well. I have no checked to see if insurance will cover it. Pricey!
Post # 11
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
Hey the Incans had the same philosophy!
Post # 13
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
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.
Post # 15
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