We have just taken DD to our Paed to have her flat spot looked at.
We have been referred to Westmead Children's Hospital to the Helmet Clinic..
Has anyone been through the same thing and what was your experience?
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10-02-2014 13:56 #1
Helmet for Flat Spot..
11-02-2014 10:54 #2
Our DS had a helmet and he only needed it for 9 weeks, was $600 from memory with some back from private health and medicare I think. The 9 weeks made a massive difference. Would highly recommend getting it done . The only memory he will have of it is the photos.
We know people that chose not to get it done and their child's flat spot is still very noticeable. It will be worth it!
Good luck! 😃
11-02-2014 11:29 #3
Thank you for responding!
Was he uncomfortable with it on to start with?
11-02-2014 12:10 #4
Nope not at all, they start off very gradual, I think half an hour on, and hour off and then another half hour on etc for the first day or two and gradually increase it. The will give you a schedule of when to wear it.
My DS took to it really well, they end up wearing it 23 hours a day. We used to take it off while he had a bath and washed it thoroughly and made sure it was dry and his hair was dry before putting it back on again for overnight.
The earlier you get it done the better the success, how old is you DD?
Feel free to ask if you have any further questions 😃
11-02-2014 13:38 #5
Im really nervous about it to be honest.. DD is 5 months old..
12-02-2014 10:35 #6
I was really nervous too, and embarrassed as I thought it was something I could have done to prevent it, but there wasn't. I was nervous about being out in public with him as I thought people would stare and make comments. I think the only comments I had were other mums who's children had also had the helmet too and that I was doing the right thing getting it sorted out.
My DS was 5 months when he got his as well, so know exactly how you feel. It is scary, but it is more scary for us than it will be for you DD I promise. My DS had no issues with sleeping with it on, which I was really worried about as he was an amazing sleeper, I thought it would be uncomfortable for him to sleep in but it was like he didn't even notice it. We did need to get it adjusted as it was rubbing a bit on one side of his forehead but other than that it was totally fine.
You get to choose patterns for the helmets too, which are quite cute.
Big hugs, I know it is scary, but very much worth it 😀
12-02-2014 10:43 #7Senior Member
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My dd had a pretty bad flat spot, looking down from the top, her head was completely misshapen. Her ears weren't even. The paed recommended rotating her head regularly when she was asleep & in most cases it will correct itself because the skull is still soft & can move. We also saw an oesteopath which helped a great deal. Babies usually favour a side for a reason eg tight neck muscles from pregnancy/birth. In the reading I did at the time oesteo & chiro seemed to help. Hope your bub goes ok with the helmet.
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12-02-2014 20:32 #8
Kiwimum.. Thats exactly how I feel.. Thank you both for sharing your experience with me x
12-02-2014 20:52 #9
You are welcome Blossom, just be proud of yourself for seeking assistance for your DD.
We also got shown techniques to help, we got a safe t sleep with a head wedge so we could alternate DS head position each sleep.
Would love to hear an update from your appointment too 😃
Take care 😃
14-02-2014 20:02 #10
Your so kind Kiwimum.. Thank you! I will keep you updated.
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