Is the helmet therapy really necessary for all babies with flat head syndrome?
The therapy is not an immediate option for every baby with cranial asymmetry. The results from the treatment is dependent on the fit of helmet, the wearing period and the baby’s growth development.
What are the consequences if the baby does not wear the helmet?
Untreated cranial asymmetries have been linked to developmental delay, visual defects, ear infections, middle ear malfunction, jaw bone changes, learning difficulties and other psychomotor delays.
While we do require a longer-term research to support if uncorrected plagiocephaly will influence a child’s neurological development, it is without doubt that cranial asymmetry can have an effect on the child’s social well-being later in life.
Cranial remoulding therapy is available in Orthopaedia. You might like to know that we do not prescribe the treatment to every baby who consults us, we carefully assess the baby’s head with an international medical standard of measurement to determine the severity of the deformity before giving our recommendation to the parents for consideration.
The helmet is fully customised to fit the baby’s head. We are the first centre in South East Asia to employ the use of a clinically tested and proven 3D scanning technology, eliminating the messy and time-consuming traditional method of plaster castings. Digital scan has a precision accuracy of 0.1% as compared to the manual plaster cast.