Since you returned to work your baby has been happily attending daycare. Recently, baby was diagnosed with plagiocephaly and your pediatrician has suggested a helmet or band as the best course of treatment. What approach should you take when it comes to educating your daycare provider to comply with the treatment protocol?
Many parents of children newly diagnosed worry that they will have problems with care providers keeping the helmet on throughout day. While the current trend is for 23-hour a day wear, there are still people who think that is too long. Parents sometimes complain that grandparents, family members and daycare providers “feel sorry” for baby and remove the helmet throughout the day for “breaks”. This brings up worry that when parents leave their child for the day that they may not wear their helmet the entire day. How can you make sure that baby wears the helmet all day?
Educate Your Daycare Provider on Plagiocephaly and Helmet Therapy
The best way to encourage your baby’s care provider to comply with the helmet therapy is to educate them. By explaining that helmet therapy is a safe and highly effective they will be more supportive throughout the process. It is also helpful to explain that the helmet is very comfortable and after the first couple of days babies hardly even notice that they are wearing a helmet. Explaining that you clean the helmet and offer an hour break period each morning or evening can be helpful. Finally, outlining that babies who wear their helmets 23 hours a day complete their therapy much quicker than those who do not. By working together as a team and making sure your day care provider understand the “how” and “why” of helmet therapy, they will be much more likely to work with you.
Support Your Daycare Provider During the Helmet Therapy
Checking in regularly with your daycare provider or family member will offer them opportunities to ask questions, voice concerns and be a part of the treatment team. Make sure they know that it can be a more difficult process on the adults than it is for baby. This will allow them to feel heard and understood, as well as feel like part of the process.
Be Direct with Your Daycare Provider on Plagiocephaly and Helmet Therapy
The most important thing you can do when introducing helmet therapy to your care provider is to be direct. Outline that a doctor carefully monitors the therapy and the doctor sets the guidelines for the length of wear. Explain that the more hours per day that your baby wears the helmet, it will likely lead to fewer days and weeks that are required for treatment.
By working closely with your child’s care provider you can ensure that helmet therapy is a smooth and quick process for you and your baby. By being direct, informative and supportive you can help make the process easy for you and your care provider.