There are two categories of conditions that necessitate a helmet:
Positional Skull Deformity
Three conditions that fit this category include brachycephaly, deformation plagiocephaly, and NICUcephaly. All three of these conditions cause the baby’s skull shape to change due to pressure on the skull from the infant spending a lot of time in one position.
For these conditions, helmet therapy is not always needed; sometimes, changing your baby’s position or starting physical therapy can help. However, moderate or severe positional skull deformity may not respond to changing positions, and in this case, helmet therapy is the preferred treatment.
With this condition, the bony plates in the skull are abnormally fused together, and this causes the head to form an abnormal shape as the brain grows and pushes out on other parts of the skill. This condition may also affect brain growth, which is why treatment is essential. Typically, treatment consists of surgery to correct the abnormal fuses followed by helmet therapy to correct the shape of the head.
When it comes to helmet therapy, your baby’s head shape is measured, and this is used to make a custom-fitted helmet. This helmet correctly supports your baby’s skull while also allowing the head to grow and round on its own.
How long your baby needs to wear their helmet will depend on the child, but our dedicated team is happy to answer any questions you may have.
Caring for Pediatrics
The Lawall Prosthetic & Orthotic Services team is proud to provide exceptional care to all our patients, including children. Whether your child needs foot orthotics, a brace for scoliosis, or a cranial molding helmet, we will take the time to fully explain the process to you and your child and create well-fitting orthotics that serve your child and help address any areas of need. When you come to Lawall Prosthetic & Orthotic Services, you can be sure that you and your family are in good hands.