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    Exclamation Urgent - Melbourne Plagiocephaly (flat head) Helmet Clinic

    Hey everyone,

    I am urgently seeking any recommendations from anyone for a clinic which does helmet therapy in Melbourne (other than the RCH - their waiting list is too long). My DS is 9 months old and I have sought an opinion and may go ahead with a helmet from a particular kids orthotic company; however, I am not entirely satisfied with the ortho's manner, thoroughness and explanation of things, but can't find any info on any other clinics that may exist in Melbourne at all.

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    Hi!
    I was wondering how you went? Did you find any other private clinics or go with the first one? How is DS's head? I am in Perth but would be willing to travel to Melbourne for a helmet. Could you (or anyone else reading this)please tell me the private clinics you know of? We seem to have nothing over here! Any help would be much appreciated!

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    Ds had a helmet from nine months, from rch. Call and ask if you can take a cancelation at ANY time. Call every few days be nice as pie and you will get in sooner. Once your in they will see you fairly quickly. Especially seeing as you only have a three month window for the best time to use the helmet.

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    afd: My son is now 16 months old and his head is much better, I don't even notice any slight difference there might be now. We went to Orthokids - they have clinics in Surrey Hills and North Melbourne - http://www.orthokids.com.au/. They're pretty much the only private clinic in Melb that does kids orthotics such as this. It was a bit costly but we don't really get a choice do we unfortunately. He had his helmet for 3 months and it seemed to help alot. Also went to an Osteopath (still do occasionally), not sure how effective that has been as it's hard to measure stuff like that.
    Also eventually got an assessment at RCH clinic, (after we already had the helmet), and they said it was very mild and wouldn't have recommended that a helmet was really necessary given the severity.
    I'm surprised there's no clinics in Perth but then again it seems to be a very limited field in Australia - in the USA they seem to have clinics for plagio all over the place and alot of competition and high-tech scanning machines.
    Good luck, I know how stressful it all is and not much awareness around. Let me know if I can help any further, or if anyone else has any questions on the whole process etc...I found it so stressful and awful and not really anyone to talk to - apart from reading online forums on the subject (mainly from America) and often freaking myself out more!

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    Hi, I was wondering how long your son had to wear the helmet for and how he coped with it - did it annoy him etc? We are currently going through the process at the RCH (have had 2 appointments so far and another one coming up in September). My daughter is 4 months and has a severe case (she was breech and had her head stuck up in my ribs). There is not a lot of information available so any help would be very much appreciated. Thanks.

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    Hi,
    I was wondering how you eventually went? my son has exactly the same issue, same cause and its very severe (plagiocephaly from being stuck up in my ribs in-utero). We are not happy with the advice (and lack of proactive assistance) we received in Perth and are now looking to Melb.

    Im also wondering if anyone with this same issue with their baby has encountered developmental delays as a consequence?

    The specialist refuted this, but all my research points to it being confirmed, and certainly my son has been slower to reach milestones.

    Any advice from anyone who's been there would be very welcomed!

    Thanks

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    Hi,
    We ended up going with Orthokids in Surrey Hills for a helmet. I think we had it around 2-3 months. It was fairly expensive and don't have private health but it took too long to get into the Royal Childrens even for an appt, given that he was already 9 months which is fairly old by the time it was realised.

    The helmet process did yield some positive results, definitely. The measurements also showed the results but visibly I could see them, and the process wasn't that bad, he adjusted very well and even at that age it didn't really bother him. My son is now 2 and I don't notice anything different about his head to other kids, and no one else does either. A small part of that was probably natural correction as he got older as well, after we were finished with the helmet.

    I also attended the appt at the Royal Children's even after we got the helmet, as it took that long to get in and I was curious as to what they would've said had we gone publicly. They actually assessed his case as so mild that they didn't recommend we really needed a helmet. But I am glad I did it, as I was worried it would stay the way it was and then I would be forever regretful that I hadn't done more. I also took him to an Osteopath for some time to help, but there is no way I have to measure how much that actually helped.

    I hope this helps, please feel free to PM me if you have any more q's

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    Default Need some info about flat head

    Hi
    I have read ur post.i need some information about orthokids and flat head.
    How's orthokids are they give us a good and appropriate suggestions??
    To have the helmet or not ??
    Bcoz my boy is now 4 months and I have a RCH appoinment after 8 weeks . I was thinking rather wait that long I can go in private
    Please suggest me what is the best
    Bcoz I have read u went in RCH as well and they said thay want be put the helmet on ur son but u have already
    So can u please tell me ur whole story if u can that would really helpful for me Bcoz I don't have parents or really good friends who can help me in that hard time please help me
    And reply me ASAP

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    Quote Originally Posted by pnik2007 View Post
    Hi
    I have read ur post.i need some information about orthokids and flat head.
    How's orthokids are they give us a good and appropriate suggestions??
    To have the helmet or not ??
    Bcoz my boy is now 4 months and I have a RCH appoinment after 8 weeks . I was thinking rather wait that long I can go in private
    Please suggest me what is the best
    Bcoz I have read u went in RCH as well and they said thay want be put the helmet on ur son but u have already
    So can u please tell me ur whole story if u can that would really helpful for me Bcoz I don't have parents or really good friends who can help me in that hard time please help me
    And reply me ASAP
    Hi...I found Orthokids to be good at giving a sound medical opinion. They actually said that my son was borderline and it was up to us whether to use a helmet or not, that it was mild and if we left it, it would probably still look fairly normal. But I wasn't satisfied so we helmeted and I am glad we did as it did make a difference. I would recommend them, just go to an initial consultation and they will give an unbiased opinion...they are not just out to make money, they have plenty of clients and I found that they were honest. Hope this helps

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    Default Thx

    Hi
    Thanks for ur reply.
    You mentioned it was just mild and orthokids suggests not to have the helmet but u still had it so is it possible for u to tell me what was the measurement was ???
    Like 5mm or 4 mm or whatever it is if u remember now.
    Bcoz I went to orthokids yesterday and they suggest my son was in mild category and the measurement was 4.5% so just leave it it will fix by it self that's what they suggest me.

    I couldn't decide wheather my son needs it not I think ur story and mine r same.
    So please reply me and give me some suggestion if possible
    Please ASAP


 

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