Plagiocephaly, or Baby Flat Head Syndrome, has become a bigger part of the parenting conversation in recent years. More babies have been diagnosed with head flattening since 1994 due to the Back to Sleep Campaign to reduce Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Although more parents are aware of its existence, there are still many myths about Plagiocephaly.
In this article, we will look at the top 5 myths about Baby Flat Head Syndrome.
Myth #1: Craniotherapy is Purely Cosmetic
Craniotherapy or helmet reshaping therapy is one of the most highly recommended treatments for head flattening. One myth that exists is that parents use this treatment to treat a purely cosmetic issue. This is just not true. If left untreated, there can be long-term implications if plagiocephaly is left untreated.
While helmet reshaping therapy does help with the outward physical shape of the skull, it is more than a cosmetic treatment.
Myth #2: Plagiocephaly is the Parents Fault
Another myth is that plagiocephaly is caused by the parents. Things like repositioning and babywearing can help reduce the risk of head flattening, it can still happen. As babies are put to sleep on their backs in an effort to minimize the risk of SIDS, flattening can be a side effect. No matter how hard parents try to move babies head position, many babies have a preference for what side they sleep on.
Myth #3: Helmet Reshaping Therapy is Expensive
When plagiocephaly started to become part of common knowledge, insurance companies did not often cover helmet reshaping treatments. As the diagnosis has risen and more babies are in need of this treatment option, an increasing number of insurances now cover the cost (in full or in part) of a custom helmet.
It’s important to look into what your insurance covers in order to know your covered treatment options.
Myth #4: Babies Hate Wearing Reshaping Helmets
A very common misconception about plagiocephaly is that babies will be uncomfortable or irritated when wearing their helmet. In reality, most babies hardly notice they are wearing one. Helmets are extremely comfortable, breathable and safe for baby to wear 23-24 hours a day. Most parents report that they are surprised just how easily their baby wears their helmet.
Myth #5: Plagiocephaly Treatment Takes a Long Time
A final myth held about plagiocephaly treatments is that they take a long period of time. Actually, the treatment is really very short. The duration of treatment is based in the age of your baby and the severity of the flattening. However, most babies wear their reshaping helmet for about 3 months.
As the many myths about Baby Flat Head Syndrome and it’s treatments become well known, parents can worry less. Cranial reshaping treatments are safe, effective, brief and comfortable. While it might seem like a daunting process, most families find that treating plagiocephaly is a lot easier than expected.