Introducing new Plagiocephaly Treatment

Plagiocephaly Treatment

The LOCband-Lite

Our new 3D printed cranial band for treating flat head syndrome.

TREATMENT

Cranial Remoulding Therapy

Cranial remoulding therapy with a specially manufactured baby helmet is a very effective treatment for Positional Plagiocephaly.

This treatment is an option where repositioning techniques have not brought about sufficient improvement in your baby's plagiocephaly or head shape, but should not be considered until the infant is at least four to five months old.

Recent independent research conducted by a University Hospital in Germany has endorsed the treatment for babies with moderate or severe plagiocephaly.

A larger, retrospective study has just been published that found complete correction was achieved in 94.4% of babies treated with helmet therapy.

How Does Cranial Remoulding Work?

The LOCband is non-invasive and works by applying gentle and constant pressure over the areas of your baby’s skull that are most prominent while allowing unrestricted growth over the flattened areas. It is a pain-free treatment. Our baby helmet consists of a soft foam layer inside a thermoplastic shell. This allows for frequent adjustments during growth and gently guides your baby’s skull into a more symmetrical shape.

Above: Before and 3 months after

Above: Before and 3 months after

How Long is Treatment?

Treatment is most effective in babies between four and seven months and takes between three and six months to complete. Routinely, babies up to the age of 16 months can be treated very successfully, but treatment may take longer and results may not be quite as good as with younger babies.

There have been exceptional cases where a baby’s fontanelles have not fused by the age of 18 months, and successful, but less-marked, results with cranial remoulding therapy have been achieved.

We have successfully treated thousands of babies with positional plagiocephaly over the years. Take a look at a selection of our case histories that parents have given their permission to share.

The LOCband

The LOCband has been designed and perfected after years of experience in treating positional plagiocephaly.

It is manufactured bespoke for each baby to exact clinical specifications.

The manufacturing process is overseen by the clinician to ensure the best possible fit and comfort for your baby.

The LOCband-Lite

The LOCband-Lite has been designed to be lightweight and cooler thanks to modern 3D printing techniques.

It is also made bespoke for each baby to exact clinical specifications.

It has proven results with patients and dramatically reduces weight by 40%, increasing comfort for your baby.

Repositioning

If your baby has a ‘flat head’ within a certain part of the skull, the first option is to try repositioning.

The objective is to reposition your baby’s head, avoiding the existing flattened area.

Until four-five months of age, repositioning and tummy time techniques can encourage natural correction.

GALLERY

PATIENT STORIES

Robotic Technology at LOC

Victor the Robot, our new computer numerical control milling machine in action! Victor is noisy, but he’s transforming our ability to design and manufacture orthotic devices at our Kingston-upon-Thames clinic. 

Manufactured by Rodin4D, Victor is capable of milling complex ergonomic shapes, meaning that we can now potentially assess a spinal orthotic patient, manufacture the orthosis and have it fitted, all in the space of a day. Victor can do everything we need to do for our patients, in-house and in the shortest time possible with no compromise on quality.

Learn more about Victor

Plagiocephaly FAQs:

This is very much dependent on how fast your baby is growing. The faster the growth, the more frequently your baby will be seen so that the helmet can be adjusted. In general, reviews will happen at two to four-week intervals.

The price of treatment covers:

  • all your baby’s required appointments from start to the end of treatment, no matter how many are required to achieve the improvement in head shape that you are happy with;
  • the cost of manufacturing the LOCband and supply of appropriate cleaning fluid for the band;
  • all reports to your GP/paediatrician/ cranial osteopath/physiotherapist, including a final scan report with objective measurements of change achieve;
  • full telephone support from your clinician during treatment, and, if necessary, extra review appointments at short notice.

Yes - All babies that have completed their course of treatment with us have achieved a measurable improvement in head shape. However, you don’t have to take our word for it.

Recent independent research conducted by a University Hospital in Germany has endorsed the treatment for babies with moderate or severe plagiocephaly.

A larger, retrospective study has just been published that found complete correction was achieved in 94.4% of babies treated with helmet therapy.

The results were conclusive: repositioning achieved acceptable correction in 77.1% of cases, but 15.8% were moved onto helmet therapy because re-positioning was not working. Meanwhile, 94.4% of the infants who started in the helmet-treated group achieved full correction, as did 96.1% of those who were transferred from the repositioning group into the helmet-treated group.

Further information can be found on our Plagiocephaly Research page.

If your baby has a temperature or a fever due to illness you must remove the band. The band can be put back on once the temperature has returned to normal.

The optimum age for treatment is between four and seven months.

This is because the skull is most malleable at this age and improvements to head shape tend to take less time and are more dramatic. That is not to say that helmet therapy should be ruled out if the baby is older than seven months. Routinely, babies up to the age of 16 months can be treated very successfully.

The cut off age is around 18 months when the fontanelles (soft spots on the head) are no longer malleable. 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 cranial remoulding therapy.

Torticollis is a condition in which a tight or shortened muscle in one side of the neck causes the head to tilt or turn to one side, resulting in the infant resting its head in the same position. In 2013, we analysed the data from all first appointments in our Kingston clinic and found that 20% of the babies examined had some kind of neck condition that was causing head immobility.

The clinics and clinicians that provide this treatment in the UK will have received similar training and experience. However, we are the only clinic that manufactures its own helmet and our clinicians are closely involved with the process for each individual helmet that we produce.

In addition, we do not restrict review appointments to a set number, we are extremely flexible and respond to individual parents' needs so that the best outcome can be achieved for each baby.

The LOCband is non-invasive and works by applying gentle, constant pressure over the areas of the baby’s skull that are most prominent while allowing unrestricted growth over the flattened areas. The band consists of a soft foam layer inside a thermoplastic shell. As the baby grows, the band will be adjusted frequently to gently guide the skull into a more symmetrical shape.

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