GET IT EARLY if you want it to work. We were on the fence about it for a month (I mean it’s at least $3000 that insurance will not cover, no matter what they tell you. Our pediatrician appealed the ruling 3 times and they still denied it). We finally caved and got the helmet around 9mo. He had it until he was 1yo (at that point they wanted another $3k for another 3mo). I don’t feel like it fixed it much at all. If we had gotten it sooner maybe it would have helped more. Also, if you go to Cranial Technologies in Clt BEWARE. We were sold the helmet because the first tech did a head assessment and told us he had severe Brachycephaly and that they would work to elongate the head. We had another tech for the rest of our treatments. At the final assessment I expressed my disappointment and the new tech told me she had only been trying to balance the shape, not elongate it and that he was only mild-moderate to start out with, now he’s still mild-moderate just more on the mild side. The whole thing makes me sick 😤
Felt like I had to add a comment regarding more serious conditions that result in an oddly-shaped head. Do NOT delay seeing a doctor if your child’s head looks a little off. My son had craniosynostosis and at 6 months had major surgery to correct fused sutures in his skull. It’s rare, and many skull shapes can be fixed using helmets, but it CAN be more serious, leading to problems with brain development, and many people (even the docs) can be unaware of cranioosynostosis. Thanks for listening, I try to raise awareness whenever I can :) x
We get ours next week
We used one for 8 weeks (started at 4 months old) and it helped a LOT. He had a pretty bad flat spot on one side and it helped correct the asymmetry by about 90%. Still isn’t perfect but now he will be able to wear glasses and helmets in the future with no issues.
My son did physical therapy to help with his stiff neck and also wore a helmet when he was a baby. I felt like the helmet did help but didn't correct the problem completely. Its much better than it was and my son is doing great now :)
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