Many parents are advised to try repositioning therapy to correct flat head syndrome (AKA plagiocephaly) during the first few months of life. But does it always work? This article takes a look at the research that has been carried out to date to shed some light on this controversial issue.
Flat head syndrome is a condition often seen in infants and characterised by an asymmetrical (plagiocephalic) or disproportionately wide (brachycephalic) head shape. Commonly referred to as ‘helmet therapy’, cranial remodelling aims to restore the skull to a more normal, symmetrical shape using a custom-moulded device known as a flat head syndrome helmet or cranial remodelling orthosis (CRO).
Treatment protocols for nonsynostotic deformational plagiocephaly Plagiocephaly intervention must be considered with regard to several different factors. These include the infant’s age, the severity of the deformity and the presence or absence of related issues (facial deformity, torticollis, otitis media etc.). Close collaboration is required between the child’s parents, primary healthcare provider and any orthotic and craniofacial specialists involved.
Craniosynostosis is a rare condition seen in approximately one in 3,300 live births and characterised by an abnormal head shape. If left untreated it can affect the development of the brain so it’s important to catch it as early as possible. This article will help you spot the signs of craniosynostosis so you know what to look out for.