Helmets are 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.
Helmets work 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). Helmets do not squeeze the skull back into shape, but redirect the growth to fill out the flattened area.
Following clinical assessment of your baby’s head shape and a discussion with your Orthotist, you have a choice to proceed with helmet therapy or return for review at 4 or 6 weeks. Although we make lots of helmets, we are just as happy to offer advice on how to prevent a flat head in your baby.
Our helmets are custom made from a plaster impression mould of your baby’s head. Casting the head is a quick, easy and painless procedure. Your baby may get a little upset for a minute or two during the casting process.
We use a 3D scanner for the assessment of baby head shapes. This cutting edge technology is the gold standard in 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.
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.
Our helmets are manufactured from hypoallergenic foam and thermoplastic. There is a range of colours from which to choose. Helmets take a week to manufacture, and we review the babies frequently to re-measure and adjust the fit as the head grows.
The cost for the Helmet Therapy is $1200. This covers the assessment, casting, fitting and follow up appointments. We are able to keep our costs much lower than the USA (US$2500) and the UK (~2000 pounds) because of our ability to manufacture helmets in our Surrey Hills facility.
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