The Uses of Cranial Shaping Helmets

Cranial shaping helmet are used to treat a flat head syndrome and a variety of other minor cranial deformities in infants, such as:

  • Plagiocephaly
  • Brachycephaly
  • Scaphocephaly
  • Postoperative craniosynostosis

It is quite common for babies to develop minor cranial deformities between the ages of 3-18 months. Babies’ skulls are quite soft and can easily change shape with repeated pressure in one location, without causing any harm to them. These deformities may be caused by a range of factors, such as:

  • Too much time spent lying on the back, which may cause the back of the head to flatten, either on one side or across the entire head.
  • Narrow space in the womb, which may be caused by twins taking up additional space in the womb or low levels of amniotic fluid.
  • A premature birth may cause skull changes as the head will be compressed during birth, when it is not quite as developed.
  • A congenital condition known as craniosynostosis that can cause the bones of a baby’s head to join together prematurely. This can be a serious condition and will need to be treated by surgery.

With the exception of craniosynostosis, most cases of cranial deformity will resolve themselves over the course of time and have no impact on a child’s development. Cranial shaping helmets offer an excellent treatment option for your child.

What is a cranial remolding orthosis?

A cranial remolding orthosis, more commonly referred to as a cranial helmet, is an orthotic device that can be worn on a baby’s head to help correct cases of plagiocephaly, brachycephaly, and other head deformities.

Cranial molding helmets are custom fabricated from a laser scan of a child’s head. The helmets are made from plastic shells with a foam liner and available in a range of styles, including bi-valve overlapping helmet designs and headbands with top and side-openings.

There are no negative side effects to wearing a cranial remolding helmet and you will only need a single helmet to correct your child’s condition.

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