If you’re looking for a more personal design - may be a favourite colour, a pattern from your baby's room, a favourite quote, toy, cartoon character or image, or something that is unique to your family or your heritage - LOC has a relationship with Abigail Jones, a Southampton-based artist who offers a custom painting service for LOCband cranial remoulding helmets.
Prices are dependent on the complexity of the design but start at £150 for general designs such as flying helmets, floral or patterned designs. Designs featuring complex characters (i.e. Disney or cartoon characters) start from £200.
You can see some of her creations by visiting her Facebook page Custom Painted Plagiocephaly LOCband Helmets.
This service is not available for the LOCband Lite.
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.
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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.
Alex’s scoliosis curve treated successfully in just 6 weeks at LOC
LOC’s Scoliosis Team at SOSORT annual conference in May
Michael has achieved great results for his Pectus Excavatum with our vacuum bell treatment in combination with a specific exercise programme.
LOC welcomes Super Sofia to its Gait Laboratory at Salford University
Meet Jack who joined LOC in January as a Senior Orthotist
Rob can walk again thanks to the Neuro Swing AFO that LOC prescribed and manufactured for him
LOC’s Orthotic Clinic at Salford University’s teaching hospital to re-open on 14th February.
LOC’s first post-operative Sagittal Craniosynostosis patient