Successful Flat Head Syndrome Results for Baby Amrit
For many parents the prospect of plagiocephaly treatment for their child is daunting. However, anxious parents can rest assured that both assessment and treatment are completely painless processes.
Recently, plagiocephaly orthotist Saeed Hamid treated baby Amrit who came to our Kingston clinic at the age of five months, with flat spots and 12mm asymmetry. His parents picked out a gorgeous dinosaur pattern and his LOCband helmet was made the following week. His journey lasted four and a half months and he achieved a reduced asymmetry of 3mm.
Amrit has his head measured and scanned by clinician Saeed
The optimum age for treatment is between four and seven months – and Amrit first visited us at 5.5 months – an ideal time. It was fantastic to hear that Amrit’s parents were happy, Mother Jaspreet sent us a thank you and some lovely photos of Amrit during his appointments:
“Thank you again for taking care of Amrit's flat head. We are very pleased with the results. Attached are some pics of our visits to the clinic which we thought you may want to keep and use to show others the painless process for the baby.”
We like to make sure we take the time to reassure parents and make them feel welcome when they are visiting any of our clinics. At LOC, you can always contact your clinician if you are worried about something to do with your baby’s treatment and you don’t want to wait for your next review appointment.
The London Orthotic Consultancy itself has been treating babies with flat head syndrome since 2005 – now having more than 13 years’ experience in the industry. All babies that have completed their course of treatment with us have achieved a measurable improvement in head shape.
While the NHS only recognise flat head syndrome as a ‘cosmetic’ issue, at LOC we understand the practical problems a deformed head can cause in later life; wearing helmets for sport or safety, not being able to wear glasses with misaligned ears and the potential for bullying in later life and feeling self-conscious.
Baby Amrit receives has his bespoke cranial orthosis, or helmet, fitted with dinosaurs
If you are worried about your own baby’s head, it’s certainly worth paying us a visit sooner rather than later. The cut off for treatment is around 18 months, when the fontanelles or ‘soft spots’ on head are no longer malleable and the skull has hardened. As babies grow and develop at different rates, it is always worth checking if you are not sure. There have been cases where a baby’s fontanelles have not fused yet by the age of 18 months, who have achieved successful, but less-marked, results with helmet therapy.
If you don’t live in the area, or abroad, but are concerned about the shape of your baby’s head – we recommend you use our Flat Head Diagnosis Form where you can upload photos of their head from different angles. One of our plagiocephaly clinicians – like Sally or Saeed – will respond within 24 hours and should be able to establish, based on your photographs, whether your baby has positional plagiocephaly.