Monday, 16 June 2014

Plagiocephaly - LOC band (Final Month)


So a couple of weeks ago Seb stopped needing to wear his LOC band, and I am so glad it is over!
As Seb was starting to hate wearing the band/helmet (Husband always giggles when I say helmet... sigh.. men!) and the weather was getting warmer.

The clinic said Seb's head shape was in the realm of normal. It's not perfect but it is good enough. Plus I think it could have been perfect if we were more strict in wearing it. There was a lot of illness, teething and not wearing the band.

So do I think this band was worth it? Sorry if you were looking for an answer because I cannot give you a definitive one.

The GP told me not to worry about it as it will grow into shape as Seb grew, but was it a chance I wanted to take? Nope. As any mum, you want the best for your children, and to leave it to chance was a chance I didn't want to take. Although everyone has said they could not tell that Seb had a flat head. A mother knows best right? RIGHT?!

It was a hard decision to make as: firstly - I am making my baby wear this helmet for 23 hours a day for up to 6 months (But he did look really cute in it, it made his cheeks really stand out), secondly - Seb's head wasn't that bad (by the time I had decided) and finally - the cost of the band! It is a bit of a hefty price.

I guess I am glad I did it and I am sure the band helped a lot. But I will never know for sure.


Before and after profile shots

Before and after scan

Celphalic Ratio (CR) - is cranial width divided by the cranial length. The classic normal cephalic ratio is 78%. One Standard Deviation equals 5.5%. The top end of the range of normal is 89%. Seb was at 90% so on the line of normal. Now he is 86% so not a great improvement but in the normal range!

Cranial Vault Asymmetry - compares the right and left diagonals at 30˚ from the centre line (front to back). Subtracting one from the other gives the asymmetry value. Less than 6mm asymmetry is regarded as being within the norm, 6 to 12mm is regarded as moderate, and greater than 12mm is regarded as severe asymmetry. Seb was moderate to severe and now, at 5mm, normal. Few.

These numbers may not seem much difference in them but looking at the results there is a noticeable difference. Well to me... maybe to justify the price :D.

But for those mummies who have babies with severe misshapen heads I do recommend the London Orthotic Consultancy in Kingston. Very friendly staff and they are not pushy about making you get the band. So much so it was a bit annoying because I kind of wanted them to tell me that Seb needed it. :)

Previous Post: Plagiocephaly - LOC band (Month One)


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17 comments:

  1. I would have done exactly the same. I couldn't have left it to chance

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  2. Interesting post. My friend's twins had plagio helmets for severe distortion so definitely worth it for them.

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  3. I can see a difference. It must've been hard to make the decision whether to try it or not but gladly you can see some results. The back of my brother's head is completely flat but there were no helmets available in the 1970s.

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  4. This is really interesting. I understand the horror of having to do something to your child that is for their benefit, but isn't nice.

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  5. Aw he did look very cute in it - almost like a Tudor bonnet! I'm not trying to trivilaise it though, it must have been very hard to have to make him wear it for 23 hours, you must feel so relieved it's over. I'm pleased it worked for him.

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  6. So glad it has worked and it is now off...as mums we sometimes have to make difficult choices!

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  7. Aw what a decision to have to make - sounds ilke you made the right one though x x x

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  8. My friends daughter has this and they went with the helmet. I can really see a difference in your before and after scan x

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  9. It's so hard having to make these kinds of decisions for our children. We can't help but agonise. Hopefully you can really own your choice and be at peace with it now as you made what you felt was the best choice and it's now soon behind you.

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  10. I have to agree, he does look cute in it! Those cheeks are just asking to be squeezed! I'd have chosen to do the same as you, even though, like you said, it's a hard decision.

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  11. He does look cute in his helmet - you can really tell the difference in the scans. x

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  12. The before and after scan does show a marked difference. My son had a bit of a flat head when he was a baby, but it seemed to sort itself out. I remember when I noticed it, I was so traumatised!

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  13. never heard of this before, im glad that it worked and finally it is off

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  14. wow you can tell by the scan what a huge difference its made x

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  15. Fascinating post and yes, I can really see a marked difference. I'm certain he will thank you for it in the long run :)

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  16. Oh bless him - he does look so cute in that helmet.....what a difference it has made!

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  17. My sister used to have to wear one of those and as a child I was always jealous I wanted a pretty hat! It looks like it's made a great difference!

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