Baby Reggie’s Flat Head Syndrome Journey
Senior plagiocephaly clinician Sally Hews has treated a lot of babies for flat head syndrome in her time and has extensive experience in cranial remoulding therapy. Here, with the kind permission of Reggie’s parents, Sally shares his plagiocephaly journey.
Plagiocephaly, or flat head syndrome is characterized by flat spots on the back or side of the head. Babies often develop flat spots when they are a few months old and they can be caused just by lying or sitting in the same position for too long; a hard surface, a car seat, cot. It occurs because a baby’s skull plates are not yet fully fused at birth, and are therefore soft enough to be moulded by exterior pressures and forces.
Reggie's head shape before treatment
“Reggie was 4 months old when he first attended the London Orthotics Consultancy’s clinic in Harley Street.” Says Sally, “his parents were very worried about the shape of his head which they had noticed from the age of 6 weeks; they had actively repositioned him since they noticed his head shape but they felt it was having no effect and despite their efforts he continued to sleep in the same position which was causing the head shape to worsen.
“Reggie had a marked plagiocephaly on his right side which was affecting his forehead and ear positon as well as the back of his head. He also had flatness at the back of his head, known as brachycephaly. Our clinical assessment confirmed that his head shape was severe and his parents felt they wanted to move forward with a helmet because other intervention had showed no benefit. Given the severity of his head shape I felt this was an appropriate step, in order to achieve the desired results.
Reggie's head shape following treatment
“He was fitted with his LOCband two weeks later and took to the treatment immediately. His mother was reassured by the fact that he continued to sleep well with his helmet on and within weeks his asymmetry had improved rapidly.
“His parents felt he was doing so well and was happy wearing the band, so they decided to continue for 6 months and during this time his asymmetry reduced from 24mm to 6mm, a fantastic result.
He changed and developed so much during this time that the Reggie we discharged from treatment was a very different baby to the one who first came into our clinic!” says Sally.
If you think your baby might have plagiocephaly, you can quickly and easily get our clinical opinion for free with our Flat Head Syndrome diagnosis form where an experienced clinician – like Sally – will get back to you within 24 hours and advice whether it would be worth coming in for a free consultation in person.