Dreams To Do

Pimp My Helmet

Not to be confused with that old MTV show, “Pimp My Ride.” This is MUCH cooler…

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On Monday we got Landon’s helmet for his plagiocephaly/brachycephaly (flat head). It was big and blue and boring, so I spiced it up a bit with some stickers and Mod Podge.

Plain helmet…
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Fun with stickers!
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So far, Landon is taking to his new appendage quite well! He actually doesn’t seem to notice it at all. During this first week with it, we are supposed to gradually introduce him to it so that he adjusts well (i.e. Day 1: 1 hour on, 1 hour off; Day 2: 2 hours on, 1 hour off, etc.), but we’ve found that we are having him spend more time in it right away because he’s taken to it so well. He still hasn’t slept in it at night, but I’m thinking we’ll give it a try Friday night (that way if he’s miserable, I won’t have to go to work the next day). By next week, he’ll spend 23 hours/day in it.

For those of you interested in this whole plagiocephaly/brachycephaly thing, I thought I’d talk a little bit more about it. I know that there are a TON of parents out there dealing with it… and a bunch of new parents wondering if they should worry about their child’s flat head.

As defined by Wikipedia

Plagiocephaly is a condition characterized by an asymmetrical distortion (flattening of one side) of the skull. Plagiocephaly is the word that is used to describe a diagonal asymmetry across the head shape. This word particularly describes a flattening which is to one side at the back of the head and there is often some facial asymmetry. Brachycephaly describes a very wide head shape with a flattening across the whole back of the head.

In Landon’s case, he has a combination of brachycephaly AND plagiocephaly. His head is wider than it is long (normal head proportions are 1/3 longer than wide), but his flattening is slightly more on the left back side.

Examples of plagiocephaly & brachycephaly from the Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics website (Landon is on the right):
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In terms of correcting plagiocephaly/brachycephaly, parents can try repositional therapy, cranialsacral therapy, and/or cranial remolding. From 4 to 6 months we actively repositioned Landon whenever he was laying down, but since that didn’t improve his head shape much we decided to go with the helmet. There are a few big players in the infant cranial banding business, but we chose to go with Hanger. They are close to our house, I read great reviews from parents in my Baby Center Plagiocephaly Support Group, and they offered a free consultation (not to mention my insurance covers their product… too bad I opted for the high deductible plan this year – at least it counts towards that). So far we are very happy with them.

I will keep you all posted on Landon’s progress. If any of you have ANY questions about this, please leave me a comment or email me ~ ariel{at}dreamstodo.com. I’m happy to tell you what I know! Also, I highly recommend joining the Baby Center Plagiocephaly Support Group - there is a wealth of knowledge there and everyone is very friendly and supportive.

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  • Alli Rutland

    I am loving the pimped helmet!  I think the baby helmets are adorable, we have a few little ones in the family with helmets right now.  Hope it goes well!

  • http://www.dreamstodo.com/ Ariel @ Dreams To Do

    Thanks so much! Yeah, I’m finding out that it’s much more common to rock a helmet than I thought.

  • http://www.pecklife.com/ Emily @ PeckLife.com

    I’m pretty sure that helmet is the cutest thing I have seen all week…he looks even more adorable than before…how is that possible!?!?! I could just eat him up!!!!!

  • http://www.dreamstodo.com/ Ariel @ Dreams To Do

    Ahh, thanks! I eat him up on a daily basis. :-)

  • Callie Otto

    Thank you for posting on this. It brings awareness to something that parents can keep an eye out for. And is it just me or does that helmet make his eyes look even bluer!?!?! He’s A-dorable. Holy crap. Happy Friday!

  • http://www.dreamstodo.com/ Ariel @ Dreams To Do

    Yeah, the helmet totally brings out his blue eyes! Score! If we have another kid, I will be turning that baby’s head like crazy. I’ve learned my lesson.

  • http://thenotquitemilitarywife.blogspot.com/ Sarah Benson

    I loved how you decorated this helmet!  It was seriously too cute!

  • Stephanie Haecker

    Hi, I was doing research on plagio/brachy and found your site.  My daughter has the same thing and was just scanned/casted today for a helmet.  Thanks for writing about this because it’s good to know it’s not such a rare occurance that no one talks about it.  Any tips you care to share?  :-)

  • Stephanie Haecker

    Hi, I was doing research on plagio/brachy and found your site.  My daughter has the same thing and was just scanned/casted today for a helmet.  Thanks for writing about this because it’s good to know it’s not such a rare occurance that no one talks about it.  Any tips you care to share?  :-)