The LOCband Lite

Building upon the long-term success of our traditional LOCband, our in-house design team redesigned the cranial helmet for 3D printing. The aim was to create a 3D-printed cranial helmet that still gives the correct amount of force to remodel the head shape, while increasing comfort due to a lightweight and ventilated design. 

Using the latest and most accurate 3D printing methods, LOC has been able to successfully treat both plagiocephaly and brachycephaly with this lighter helmet. We initially trialled our helmet against our original LOCband over 18 months, during which, we were able to ensure consistent corrected head shape results.  

Parents were most drawn to its ventilated features due to the recent hot weather, leading to improved compliance during the night. The LOCband Lite is about 40% lighter than the original LOCband, thanks to the walls of the helmet being thinner. One of the benefits of this is that the helmet causes less strain on the neck thus helping to alleviate the symptoms of torticollis.

WHY CHOOSE THE LOCBAND LITE

 

 

Better ventilation

Improved ventilation means babies are less likely to become hot and bothered while wearing it. This leads to better wearing compliance during the nighttime and during the warmer summer months. The more time a baby spends in their helmet, the shorter the length of treatment (which typically ranges from 3 to 6 months).​

 

Innovative bivalve construction

The latest version of the LOCband Lite uses an updated bivalve design, with two parts joined by a hinge. This makes it much easier for parents to put the helmet on and take it off, which can be especially helpful for cleaning and helmet breaks.

 

Lightweight design

Parents appreciate the streamlined and less bulky profile of the LOCband Lite compared to traditional helmets, making it more comfortable for your baby to wear. The LOCband Lite weighs approximately 40% less than the original LOCband design.

This reduction in weight is thanks to the sleeker design of the helmet and its thinner foam walls. This creates less burden on a baby’s neck, which can help in the treatment of torticollis.

 

Reduced environmental impact

The lightweight design of the LOCband Lite not only reduces weight but also cuts down on the amount of plastic required, when compared to traditional polypropylene helmets.

This translates to a saving of 1120 grams per band, equivalent to an enormous 336 kilograms annually— the same weight as three male baby elephants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

OUR PROCESS

Clinical care and assessment

Only if we feel your baby needs a helmet will we prescribe the treatment for a cranial band. If the head shape is mild, sometimes repositioning can help. However, where there is uncertainty or severe head shapes, we will advise cranial remodelling therapy to get the best possible correction results.

 

Made bespoke to your child's head

Every LOCband and LOCband Lite are made completely bespoke from a 3D scan of the baby's head. The scan is processed to create a model of the baby's head, which then goes through an additional process of clinical modelling to find what type of correction amount is manageable. 

 

In-house design

The 3D file is then sent to our in-house design department, where they carefully model using a streamlined CAD process. Design features are then custom-built upon the design in the form of reinforcements and areas to mesh for ventilation, whilst maintaining material strength for a correct and safe amount of pressure for the remodelling of the skull.

 

Quality and consistency

The final part file is then sent to additive manufacturing whereupon it is printed using HP's Multijet fusion technology. LOC then finishes the helmet by hand with foam lining and a low-profile strap. The helmet is quality checked and placed in the clinician's bag ready for the fitting appointment. 

 

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