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September 22nd, 2012, 06:19 AM
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I know this has been asked before but how did you know that your baby needed a helmet? We just left our idiot pedi who didn't say anything about it and I'm making an appointment on Monday for a new one so we'll see but we think Jordana might need one. Her head is very misshapen and it seems to keep getting bigger in the back. She looks kind of like a slanted version of Megamind. I was looking at DH's baby pics and he had an oddly shaped head so maybe it just runs in the family...I do hope nothing is wrong :/
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September 22nd, 2012, 07:53 PM
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I had first noticed Lily's head was misshapen the day she was born. Lily's pedi noticed it on her first appointment, when she was 4 days old. He referred her to a prosthetics specialist. For babies that need them, helmets aren't usually started until the babies are around 5 months or so (reason being is something about neck strength and development I think). She had her first appointment with the specialist at about 6 months or so. He took a series of measurements of her head and confirmed what we already knew. The measurements need to be equal or very close to it. Her's were 10mm off. He took the cast, and about a week later, had it ready and fitted. We are down to 3mm at her most recent appointment and there's a chance her appointment this Monday will be her last.

If you want to start this process, find a good pedi and get a referral or go find a helmet specialist for yourself. If I what I remember from the early days of this is correct, time could be running out for it to be as effective as it could be. The whole reason why helmets work so well in babies (better than they do in older kids) is because the head can be molded due to the soft spot. Lily's soft spot is almost closed on top. She never really had much of one on the back of her head that I could feel, perhaps due to her misshapenness.

Sorry this got so long lol.
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September 22nd, 2012, 09:09 PM
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Thank you for all of the info!! The only thing...the soft spot isn't supposed to close until closer to two years so if your daughter's is almost closed, make sure you check with your doc!! My cousin's closed too soon and he had to have surgery. :/ Craniosynostosis, I think it's called. My mom has been PARANOID about it with all of my kids so I've had an earful about it!
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September 22nd, 2012, 11:18 PM
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Youre quite welcome!

Wow I did not know that about the soft spot. Well maybe almost closed was overstating things. It's just smaller than it was before the helmet.
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September 23rd, 2012, 08:03 PM
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Our pedi. sent us to a neurologist who then decided that she needed a helmet and physical therapy. She's had the helmet almost 3 months and it's done wonders with her head shape. Would you mind taking a pic of Jordana's head so we can see? I'll share one of Piper and the progress she's made with the helmet.
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September 23rd, 2012, 08:09 PM
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September 25th, 2012, 10:47 PM
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