Mother's Plagio Diary
Diagnosis: Right sided Plagiocephaly with Brachycephaly
Date of birth: 20/04/2006
Date entered into treatment: 23/10/2006
Why we chose for Jude to undergo cranial remoulding
As soon as he was born, the midwife who came to my home visit suggested due to Jude's traumatic birth that we take him to a cranial osteopath.
He was three and a half weeks' old when I took him for his first visit and the cranial osteopath stated that he needed some work as his head was quite flat especially on one side and also he already had a preferred way of sleeping. She gave us some exercises to ensure that he slept on the non-flat side.
I also had an appointment at Nuffield Hospital to check whether Jude had hip dysplasia and the consultant gave me a leaflet on Plagiocephaly and told me also that we needed to work on exercises to get pressure off Jude's head - this involved "tummy time".
We bumped into a couple who were out for lunch with their son who had a band on his head and we asked them if it was due to their baby having a "flat head", they confirmed this was the case and felt that they had no support for them to go to a clinic for remoulding and wished that they had been informed a lot earlier about the need to undertake exercises to improve their son's head.
Since then, my husband and I have been really conscious of Jude's head and have worked really hard to ensure he sleeps on the "right" side and to ensure he spends time on his tummy (which he does not like because it is alien to him and hard work!!).
We were also conscious that time was passing by and if we wanted to go down this route, we wanted to ensure it was for the minimal amount of time so it was key to get Jude to see someone whilst his head is most malleable. It was a real struggle because we wanted as parents to do the "right thing" and most people working in the NHS seemed to regard cranial remoulding as "unnecessary" as Jude's head was not the worse head they had seen and it would "pop out" in its own time. However, Jude's cranial osteopath, who was against the band route at the beginning stated that he was growing too quickly to manage the flattening of the head and if he was her child, she would go down the band route.
My husband and I discussed and discussed what we should do.
We consulted friends and family - some thought that having a band was cruel; whilst others thought it was a great idea and wished they had known about the technology when their babies were growing up.
We have become obsessed with looking at all children's and babies' heads - my husband is worried as concerned mothers (and fathers) keep giving him dirty looks when he is considering their child's headshape. After much thought, we decided to take the plunge, we did not want Jude to turn round to us when he was older and say to us "why did you not get my head sorted out when you had the chance?”
Our parents took chances with us in sending us to orthodontists that specialised in fixed braces as they were new to the UK then and we felt we had to do this for Jude since doing nothing was not a chance we could take.
Since then both the consultant at Nuffield and Jude's cranial osteopath have stated it is not just cosmetic, there is evidence of jaw misalignment, headaches and pressure on the neck and spine without even considering any psychological damage of victimisation for what may be seen as a defect.
Why we chose LOC
I found them on the website but the consultant at Nuffield also recommended them. The fact that they use a laser to create the mould to make the band was an overriding consideration as we could not put Jude through the trauma of having a cast taken of him with straws up his nose and bandage covering his eyes.
I liked the professional way that a doctor spoke to you on the phone to take details prior to the first no obligation consultation and it gave us confidence when an email arrived instantly confirming the appointment.