TREATMENT FOR FLAT HEAD SYNDROME

Excessive time spent in car seats or being left on their backs in a crib can lead to head shape abnormalities. Introduce quality “tummy time” to compensate the hours your baby spends on his/her back.

If you have noticed head shape abnormalities in your baby, you may need to apply repositioning for your baby and/or the cranial remoulding helmet therapy. Depending on the severity, repositioning and cranial remoulding helmet can be concurrent to increase the effectiveness of headshape correction.

Repositioning

Repositioning which generally refers to changing or alternating the position of baby’s head to allow even distribution of the weight of baby’s head. The objective is to prevent or treat flat spot. Repositioning is often effective for prevention of flat head during the first 3 to 4 months of age and when applied more than 50% of awake time.

When to apply re-positioning?

1. While baby is asleep (on his back), diligently reposition your baby’s head such that the rounded side of his head is placed on the mattress instead of the already flattened side.

2. When baby is awake, more tummy time will take pressure off baby’s head. Tummy time activities should be under close supervision for baby’s safety.

3. When feeding, alternate the arm used when holding your baby to avoid adding pressure to the flattened side of head.

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Cranial Remoulding Helmet Therapy

If repositioning techniques have not brought about sufficient improvement, then Cranial Remoulding Therapy (Helmet Therapy) can be considered to treat flat head.

Helmet Therapy is a type of treatment prescribed for infants, with the aid of cranial orthosis, to correct the baby’s skull shape. Helmet works by leaving gap where flat spot is, this gap allows the growth of skull instead of flattening. The helmet also redirects growth from baby’s growing skull with gentle, constant pressure. Cranial remoulding helmets have been used to treat plagiocephaly since the late 1980s.

Treatment is most effective in babies between 4 and 8 months, over 3 to 6 months treatment period. Babies above 8 months (up to 12 months) can be treated but may require a longer period of time. Therapy will not be effective once skull growth is complete.

Client Testimonials

Thank you Heidi & the staff of Orthopaedia in helping to correct Lila's flat head. Every time we have to come for an appointment, it’s always so supportive & positive. Lila also enjoyed the toys & playing, singing with the aunties. Thanks again!

Lila

Thank you very much for your kind support, I'm very satisfied with the treatment and enjoyed coming to see you. I'll really miss you but happy to continue the treatment in Tokyo. Hope to see you again :)

Yoshino & Anri

Thank you very much for your help in making our little Enzo's head look even more fantastic! We are very happy with the attention & care that you have given our little one and of course, super happy with the results! Thank you very very much!

Love, Nico, Olive & Enzo

We were lucky enough to have had helmet fitted at a great time, as my son's head grew quickly after we started wearing it. We saw real change in just one week that we definitely would not have achieved without the helmet. Listen to the girls at Orthopaedia, they know their stuff!

Rebecca

I have been wearing the braces prescribed by Orthopaedia for 2 months. Considering the fact that I have passed the growing age, I am thankful that my posture could even improve slightly due to the braces. This allows me to avoid surgery, a great relief to my family and me. I am looking forward to more significant results in a few months’ time!

Megan

We felt very happy with the new AFO. Very nice. Thanks to Heidi & Orthopaedia being very helpful and concern with my daughter BB. Now my daughter can walk with the AFO.

I custom made a pair of insoles at Orthopaedia after consultation. I got the insoles approximately a month ago and have been wearing them since. The pain in my heels has subsided significantly and I am confident that the pain will be gone in no time. I will definitely recommend Orthopaedia to people who have heel pain.

Lynn

I was born with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus. I have had many surgeries in hope that they would correct my gait and my parents and I were so happy when we were referred to Orthopaedia! It has been amazing to be served so kindly and gently by both Susanna and Heidi and been transformational for me to be able to walk well wherever I go. Susanna fitted me with a Cascade brace and recommended some Keeping Pace shoes too. My mom has noted that I have a lot more energy at the end of the day and many less bruises on my knees and my head! Thanks so much for taking good care of me.

Amelia

Orthopaedia is a unique practice, providing a superb mix of skilled staff, who are uncommonly caring, motivational and fun to work with. Susanna & Heidi, the senior therapists are greatly talented at their work and will inspire you to do things above and beyond your expectations. I worked primarily with Susanna Koh, who is amazing and embodies all the qualities above-and also contributes heavily to the fun, caring and kind nature of everyone there. Susanna herself is nothing short of AWESOME! She is an expert in her field, and combines that with a unique ability to motivate, help, care about, and provide the best resources to her clients. She has a wonderfully magnetic personality and anyone would be blessed to work with her. I have worked with more than 10 therapists in the last 2 years, and feel confident in recommending Susanna as a clinician who's outstanding among her peers. Good luck with her demanding sessions!

Adil

My son had a perfect round head at birth, but at 2 months old, I noticed he had a preference to look at right side. By 5 months old, he had such a severe flathead on his right side of the head that I had to do something before it was too late. I was not sure if I wanted to proceed with the helmet treatment until I met Heidi and Susanna. They were very professional and helpful in answering all my concerns, and passionate about babies' heads! I am confident to say that my 11 months old son's head would not have improved so much without their help.

Mommy of 11mo

息子は生後二ヶ月から右を向く癖があり、5ヶ月検診の時には一目で分かるほど右 側後頭部が潰れ、両耳の位置もずれていました。小児科の先生からヘルメット療法 が存在する事を聞き、こちらの専門家を紹介していただきました。Heidi先生と Susanna先生に会うまでは不安でしたが、先生達がとても経験豊富で頼りになり、 また、子供好きで親しみやすく気軽に相談にのってくれたので、安心して息子の治 療をお任せする決心がつきました。生後5ヶ月から治療を始め現在生後11ヶ月にな りますが、左右の後頭部の差は目立たなくなり、両耳の位置も改善しました。

Mom of 11mo

谢谢你们帮我把脚行器分开,谢谢你们帮我把脚脱里面放了海棉,不让我的脚感觉疼; 谢谢你们关心我。祝你们工作顺利。

杜丹

Thank you for helping me to fix my brace & take care of my back. You guys are the best!

Love, Eleanor

谢谢! Thank you for treating my flat feet

cheers, Priscilla

Thank you for treating me Susanna!

love, Eshana

Thank you Susanna for helping me to walk much better!

Ashritha

Tristan says Thank You!

Tristan

Dear Heidi, Faith, Susanna & Ros, thank you for helping me with my scoliosis and bracing!

Love, Reeti

とても, まんぞく, しています。 やさしく, ていねいに, ちりょう していただき, かんしゃ、しています。 Thank you very much

Fujii

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Marcia

Thank you Heidi

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