The helmet/orthosis helps to reshape the skull by taking pressure off the flat area and allowing the skull to grow into the space provided.
Helmet therapy is most effective if treatment starts between six and eight months of age and is completed before 12 months, as this is the time of rapid growth of the skull.
Wearing the helmet doesn’t hurt and babies usually get used to it very quickly. Parents can sometimes feel quite emotional when their baby 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.
When your baby first gets their helmet, it will usually be worn for a two-hours-on/two-hours-off cycle for the first two days. This will allow you to monitor your baby’s skin and give your baby time to get used to the helmet. Following a review around two days after fitting, your baby will start wearing the helmet 23 hours a day.
It is important to bring bub in for a review after a few weeks so we can make sure it is fitting and functioning at its best
If you have any questions or concerns, give us a call straight away on 07 5441 5135