Every baby that has completed cranial remoulding treatment with the LOCband has enjoyed reductions in asymmetry and measurable improvements to their head shape.
LOC is registered with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) as the manufacturer of the LOCband.
Elouise’s parents were acutely aware of the risk of flat head syndrome because their first child had developed severe plagiocephaly but was treated late with a headband after false reassurances from health professionals ... continue reading ...
This little boy has a twin brother and they were born 5 weeks prematurely. Both babies lay breach in the womb and this little one was stuck under mum’s ribs. His parents noticed a lump on his neck at a few weeks old ... continue reading ...
As Gary got to 5 months it was even more noticeable. During Gary's check-up with the GP, I expressed my concern about his head shape but once again I was told it would grow out and there was no reason for concern ... continue reading ...
Senior orthotist Sally Hews talks to us about baby Francis’ plagiocephaly journey and what you can expect from flat head syndrome treatment at the London Orthotic Consultancy ... continue reading ...
Our daughter, M, was born with a noticeable flat head. I initially raised my concerns with our GP & health visitor but was told several times not to worry & that it would improve over time ... continue reading ...
It was a lovely surprise to hear from Ewan Reading’s mother, Natalie - nine years after Ewan was treated for positional plagiocephaly at LOC's Kingston clinic ... continue reading ...
Working with LOC and Elaine has been a great experience – they really take the time to look at your child and understand their individual challenges and needs. For parents who are in the same position that we were, I would say do your research – see what clinics are available near you and what the costs are, but my feeling is it’s worth every penny.
After 10 years of daily physiotherapy and swimming, not to mention SDR, hamstring and tendon lengthening, we have finally achieved independent walking – it was a mother’s day gift that would take some beating.
LOC’s video vector technology measures exactly where Austin’s weight is being distributed, how his hips are moving and how his legs are moving. It’s those insights that have made his new AFOs so effective. Even within a few days, LOC’s splints have had more impact on his independence of movement than anything else we have done.
Our LOCbands are made to strict guidelines and high-quality standards by LOC Manufacturing Ltd, located at our Kingston clinic.
They are created with a soft-to-the-touch foam lining and are available in many different colours and patterns. You can see a selection of available designs below.
(Please note that transfer colours may vary once they are heated and draped over an orthosis during the manufacturing process).
These are the designs that are currently available.
Just download the PDF and you can advise your orthotist which design you would like on your baby’s LOCband by giving them the reference number and/or name of the design.
LOC have a relationship with Abigail Jones, a Southampton-based artist who offers a custom painting service for LOCband cranial remoulding helmets.
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:
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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