Re-shaping your baby's head with a Serkel - 3D printed plagiocephaly helmet (patent pending)
The Serkel is used to treat babies between 4 and 12 months of age for asymmetrical head shapes, such as positional plagiocephaly and brachycephaly, when other treatment options have not been successful.
How it works
The Serkel works by artificially relieving pressure over the flat spot.
Once pressure from the weight of the head always being in the same spot is relieved, the bone immediately starts to grow and the head rounds out (dependant on age and severity).
We do not squeeze the skull back into shape, but redirect the growth to fill out the flattened area.
Our clinical knowledge, your choice
Following clinical assessment and a 3D scan of your baby’s head shape, your Orthotist will outline your treatment options.
We aim to provide you with comprehensive information about your baby's head shape, and allow you to make an informed decision about treatment choices.
You may choose to proceed with helmet therapy or return for a review at 4 or 6 weeks.
Each Serkel custom made from a 3D scan of your baby's head.
3D scanner assessment
We use a 3D scanner for the assessment of baby head shapes. This technology is the most accurate method available for head shape assessment.
We use this 3D data to analyse your baby's head shape and accurately define a level of severity. This severity level information allows you to make an informed decision about treatment options for your baby.
Safe for your baby
The scanner utilises a structured light to capture the 3D image of your baby's head shape in real time. There are no safety concerns when using this type of light on infants or children.
If you make the decision to proceed with a Serkel for your baby, our team of clinicians and software engineers will begin the process of designing and manufacturing your baby's Serkel.
Industry specific software is used to create a unique 3D printable file and sent to our industrial German 3D printers (we're not talking about desktop printers from Aldi - they actually need their own room!)
It takes approximately a week until your Serkel will be ready for fitting.
Following fitting, we review the babies frequently to re-measure and adjust the fit as the head grows.