In this section
the most common craniofacial problem today. Deformational
plagiocephaly, also known as positional
plagiocephaly, means a mis-shapen or
uneven (asymmetrical) head shape. Plagiocephaly does not
affect the development of an infant's brain, but if not treated it
may change an infant's physical appearance by causing uneven growth
of their face and head. See the Kids Health info factsheet: Plagiocephaly - misshapen head.
Helmet therapy can help treat your
child's plagiocephaly. The helmet helps to
re-shape the skull by taking pressure off the flat area and allowing
the skull to grow into the space provided. Helmets work best
between five and eight months of age. Wearing the helmet doesn't hurt and babies usually get
used to it very quickly. Parents can feel quite emotional
when their child first wears the helmet. It can be helpful to
know this is a common feeling and to remember treatment is
temporary and outcomes are normally very good.
Please contact your child's orthotist if you have any queries or concerns about your child's helmet therapy.
Your Orthotist is ________________________________________________
The Royal Children's
Orthotic Prosthetic Unit
T: (03) 9345 587050 Flemington Rd, Parkville 3052