Clinical Study proves that the optimum age for Cranial Remoulding treatment for Plagiocephaly is 4-6 months
A paper published in May 2020 confirms what the LOCband clinicians see in everyday practice….
Weersma et al (2020) The Effect of Age on the Rate of Correction in Infants with Head Shape Deformities Treated with Cranial Remolding Orthoses conducted a retrospective study to determine how age affects the rate of correction in infant head shape deformities.
The participants were also separated into age groups.
The study concluded that the fastest rate of correction occurs when cranial remoulding treatment is commenced between the age of 4-6 months. Importantly the study also states the rate of correction declines quickly as the child ages.
At LOC we always see quick and considerable improvement to head shape with babies in the 4-6 months age group. Good progress can also be made with older babies, but this study reiterates the important of age related to overall success of helmet treatment.
We as health care professionals must use evidence-based practice in our treatments and this is an important published document that will help us effectively advise parents to make informed decisions.
At LOC we offer free clinical assessments for all families with babies from the age of 3 months.
Weersma, Lance A; Cordial-Stout, Melissa L; Gascho, Briana R; Nolin, Rachael L (2020) The Effect of Age on the Rate of Correction in Infants with Head Shape Deformities Treated with Cranial Remoulding Orthoses, JPO, doi:10.1097/JPO.0000000000000307