Father's Plagio Diary
Diagnosis: Right sided Plagiocephaly with Brachycephaly
Date of birth: 20/03/2007
Date entered into treatment: 27/07/2007
Why we chose for Toby to undergo cranial remoulding
Toby's sisters lovingly refer to him as 'pea head' because he has a perfectly round little head - or at least he did have.
When he was about 6 weeks old, Jo noticed that his head appeared slightly flatter on the right hand side.
Nobody else seemed to notice, she thought that she was being paranoid. By 8 weeks I agreed with her that it was indeed getting flatter. Jo asked the health visitor for advice, she suggested repositioning and assured Jo that "flat head syndrome" was common these days as parents were advised to put their babies on their backs to sleep.
She was reassured that as he got older and enjoyed "tummy time" and began sitting up that it would sort itself out, and to be honest I thought it would too.
It became an obsession with not putting him down. We slept him on his tummy for his daytime sleeps and rolled a towel behind him when he went to bed at night so he slept on his side.
By 10 weeks we noticed Toby seemed to be holding his head to one side. The GP suspected that there was a tightening of the neck muscles on one side and referred him to the hospital, the earliest appointment being the 20th August!!!! Jo mentioned to him that repositioning did not seem to be working, again she was reassured that it would rectify itself by 7 months.
It made me feel that we were just being pushed aside, I felt furious for treating this like an insignificant problem. Feeling totally despondent and exhausted due to our obsession with avoiding putting Toby down on his "flat" side, in tears Jo went on the internet and typed in "flat head syndrome".
She came across LOC's website. For the first time we read about "Plagiocephaly" and "Torticollis" - a tight or shortened muscle in one side of the neck - probably the cause of Toby laying predominantly on the same part of his head. Jo called them the following day and spoke to Mr Hamid.
At last, someone who seemed sympathetic to our feelings.
A free consultation was suggested, what had we got to lose??
So we made an appointment.