Just weeks ago, superstar model Chrissy Teigen posted a picture on Instagram. Like many of her social media posts, people paid attention. The picture gathered over a million likes and was shared thousands of times. What was interesting about this picture was that it was a picture of her son wearing a helmet to treat his plagiocephaly.
Her photo posted with the caption, “My baby bug got his head shaping helmet today! Please don’t feel bad for him if you see photos. He is a happy bug and we’re just fixing his flat.”
Inspiring a Movement for Helmet Wearing Babies
Since the posting of Miles adorable picture smiling in his cranial reshaping helmet, Teigen has made some very important steps in helping spread the word about baby flat head syndrome and just how common it is.
He simple statement “please don’t feel bad for him” shows parents that helmet therapy is not what they think. Parents can feel guilty and upset when their infant is diagnosed with plagiocephaly. Posts like Teigen’s are an important way to show parents this experience can be a positive one.
As a result of this now famous post, thousands of parents have taken this as motivation to share pictures of their smiling infants proudly wearing their helmets. Movements like these offer up a unique grassroots campaign to enhance people’s understanding of what helmet therapy is and why it’s so important.
Seeing thousands of babies smiling as they wear their helmets goes a long way to show that helmet therapy is not the drudgery that many people believe it to be. Families often begin this treatment regiment thinking their baby will be uncomfortable and irritated. Most quickly find this is not the case. Helmet therapy is painless and comfortable for babies and their families.
Now, if you search social media for terms like “baby flat head” or “helmet therapy” you will come across family after family sharing their positive experiences of treating plagiocephaly. This is helping dispense many of the commonly held misbeliefs about treatment.
As more people (famous or not) share their experiences, plagiocephaly can become less overwhelming to parents.