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Does Repositioning Therapy Correct Flat Head Syndrome?

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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. Just how effective is repositioning therapy? According to the NHS website: “Your baby’s skull should correct itself naturally over time if you take some simple measures to take pressure off the flattened part of their head and encourage them to…read more

What is Cranial Remodelling?

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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). What causes flat head syndrome? The main cause of flat head syndrome is external pressures on the back of the head. When a baby spends a lot of time sitting and lying down…read more

Plagiocephaly Intervention: Positioning and Remoulding

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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. Stage 1: Repositioning Parents should begin repositioning from birth to minimise the risk of positional plagiocephaly developing. This involves placing the infant in prone positioning during play, and minimising pressure on…read more

Spotting the Signs of Craniosynostosis

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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. N.B. This is for information purposes only and should by no means be treated as a diagnostic tool. If you think your baby might have craniosynostosis, arrange an appointment with your…read more