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  #1  
January 27th, 2011, 03:12 PM
nat1970's Avatar Nicole - Mom2Leah,Ty,TJ
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The boys have been in their helmets for 6 weeks 5 days and I took them in today for their scans. Basically Ty has gone from a diagonal difference of 13.3 to a 6.1 and anything below a 5 they won't even prescribe a helmet so he has improved tremendously. Ty's overall symmetry ratio was 87.6% and now 95.5%.TJ started at a 10 when we first went to get tested and corrected himself to a 6.4 and today was at a 1.1 which is about as perfect as you can get. TJ's overall symmetery was 91.7% and now 97.5%. They overlapped their last scans on 11/30 onto today's and the difference is amazing. They said TJ could just wear his helmet at night, but because he still isn't sitting on his own we don't want to revert back so he will be in it until their next scan in 6 weeks. They said if Ty's number can come down to a 5 they will recommend him to come out of his. I'm pretty sure they will get there, it just all depends on how they are growing. I will be so excited if both are helmet free by their next appt on 3/10 which just happens to be my bday. That will be the best present, being able to kiss them on their heads without a helmet in the way.
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January 27th, 2011, 03:48 PM
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how long have they been in them? thats great news!
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January 27th, 2011, 04:04 PM
nat1970's Avatar Nicole - Mom2Leah,Ty,TJ
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6 weeks 5 days. The orthotist was amazed and said we should be a case study because she's never seen such drastic results in such a short time. Especially with Ty because he was so bad. If he was where he is today I would have never have put him in one. I'm so relieved. Any news on yours?
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January 27th, 2011, 04:24 PM
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That's an awesome amount of change in that short time. Congrats!
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Dec 26 '08, BFP after 21 months thanks to acupuncture
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Aug 13, '09 Arya and Eiley are born on what would have been their great grandmother's 105th birthday
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February 1st, 2011, 10:19 AM
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Okay, I'm new here even though my girls are 9 months old... Can I ask... Who's decision was it to put them in the helmets? My girls' heads are pretty flat but the last time we saw the doctor (6 month check up) she didn't seem concerned. I am though! Do you have any pictures or anything you would be willing to share for comparison? :-)
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February 1st, 2011, 02:44 PM
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Do you have a side view of your girls' heads? Neither of my kids had a flat head they had other issues. I decided to go over my pedi's head and get helmets. I took my girls to 2 different helmet companies and they both told me the exact same thing. One of my kids needed the helmet. The other one was optional, but we decided we could not helmet one and not the other.
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Jan 28, '09, second u/s, Surprise! two strong heart beats
Aug 13, '09 Arya and Eiley are born on what would have been their great grandmother's 105th birthday
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February 1st, 2011, 03:37 PM
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Do you have a side view of your girls' heads? Neither of my kids had a flat head they had other issues. I decided to go over my pedi's head and get helmets. I took my girls to 2 different helmet companies and they both told me the exact same thing. One of my kids needed the helmet. The other one was optional, but we decided we could not helmet one and not the other.
Of course I can't find a good pic when I look (I'm at work). I think I naturally avoid those angles that look bad. LOL The only thing I have here at work are a few videos ... I'm trying to upload one now *Okay - Here's a video that shows their heads. (All I can come up with at the moment)



I never thought of going right to the companies! That's pretty smart! If you don't mind my asking, how much did they cost? (Nevermind - I just saw some of your earlier posts ) We have Kaiser and I'm not sure how it works with them, as they're an HMO, but I just made the girls appointments for next week so hopefully the doc doesn't blow me off!
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February 2nd, 2011, 11:29 AM
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Yeah, I definitely think they have it... (Sorry, nat1970, for taking over your post! I'm done now :-) )


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February 2nd, 2011, 01:54 PM
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I wanted to see pics like this before saying anything. It might just be the angle of the picture, but the baby on our right (purple shirt) in your siggie picture shows signs of Brachy from the front. Of course I'm not an effort, but that would have been my guess as to what she has before even seeing your additional pics.

I have a friend whose daughter had the same thing. They did not helmet, as advised by her pedi. The baby is 17 months now and her head is noticeably not round. I think you should take them in for an evaluation. It's free to have it done, so it can't hurt. We didn't helmet until 9 months and I wish we'd done it earlier. If you're going to do it, you should look into it as soon as possible. Growth slows way down after the first year, so you're going to get more correction the sooner you get them into helmets if they need them.

We went through Hanger Orthodics for our helmets. We also looked at the Doc Band, but I did not like the clinic or the person who would do their helmets when we visited the location near us. Plus, the doc bands were twice as expensive as the Hanger helmets.

I know there are a couple hanger clinics right in your area. That doesn't mean they all do helmets. You'd have to call and see which one(s) does. At least one in the area does. We vacationed in CO this summer and were given a contact in the Denver area in case we needed any helmet adjustments while we were there.
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Dec 26 '08, BFP after 21 months thanks to acupuncture
Jan 14 '09, first u/s one strong heart beat
Jan 28, '09, second u/s, Surprise! two strong heart beats
Aug 13, '09 Arya and Eiley are born on what would have been their great grandmother's 105th birthday
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February 2nd, 2011, 02:43 PM
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I agree with Celry and think both have Brachy. Both my boys had Plagiocephaly. Ty's was the worst and the back of his head looked just like this picture, but the bean shape was going the opposite way. Cranial Technologies, Inc and TJ's wasn't as bad. At the boys 4 month checkup our pedi referred us to a pedi specialist and she sent us in for scans and recommended that we get into helmets by the age of 5 months. I agree with Celry and that you need to do it sooner than later. I personally think you need to go over your pedi's head and go straight to the orthotics place. At 9 months if any changes were going to be made on their own you would have seen improvement. I can't tell you how happy I am that we put the boys into helmets. In just 6 weeks we can see such a drastic improvement and I believe as far as looks go the boys will be glad we made the decision. While the decision is purely cosmetic I would think if I had girls I would have been even more concerned especially when they grow up. I know kids are mean and would hate it if my boys or if I had girls were teased because of the shapes of their heads. The helmets were $2500 and that included all scans and followup appts. Insurance paid 90%. Let me know if you have any questions.
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February 2nd, 2011, 03:11 PM
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Here is a picture of Ty (in gray) last September, you can see how his head is pointed at the right side. The last two pictures were taken at the end of January. You can see how much of a difference the helmets have made in the face. I regret not taking before pics of the backs of their heads. If I can get to the scanner later I will scan their overlapping scans so you can see how much their heads filled in. Of course I think my boys are cute and adorable and I love them no matter what, but have always known Ty's head was misshaped and looked a little off. I was looking at him the other day and he was normal looking and is so handsome and it made me so glad we made the decision we did.
fyi - their cheeks get rosy when wearing the helmets esp when they get a little warm. I had just taken his helmet off.







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February 2nd, 2011, 03:17 PM
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I ditto celry and nat lol we went to hanger too we were denied for insurance and the helmets are $1250 each there. We are just trying to find the best option to pay for them right now. Abby has palgiocephaly and Lilly has brachy.


cute pics nat! Look at those round fuzzy heads!
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February 2nd, 2011, 04:01 PM
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I ditto celry and nat lol we went to hanger too we were denied for insurance and the helmets are $1250 each there. We are just trying to find the best option to pay for them right now. Abby has palgiocephaly and Lilly has brachy.


cute pics nat! Look at those round fuzzy heads!
That sucks that you were denied.What was their reason? GL finding the money to get them $1250 really isn't bad for what all they do and covers your followups. I promise you will be glad you did it.
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February 2nd, 2011, 09:38 PM
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they said it wasn't medically necessary. I know we will be glad just sucks!
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February 3rd, 2011, 05:50 AM
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We paid out of pocket for our helmets. It was worth it, but wasn't fun to write that check. Our insurance covers them, but we have a ridiculously high deductible and bad insurance overall (despite DH working for one of the largest, if not the largest healthcare company in the US). They changed their insurance coverage in 2010. If we'd helmeted the kids in 2009 it would have been fully covered. I really wish I'd pushed my pedi or gone over her head earlier since it was obvious they needed them.
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Dec 26 '08, BFP after 21 months thanks to acupuncture
Jan 14 '09, first u/s one strong heart beat
Jan 28, '09, second u/s, Surprise! two strong heart beats
Aug 13, '09 Arya and Eiley are born on what would have been their great grandmother's 105th birthday
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February 3rd, 2011, 05:43 PM
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Thank you so much for your thoughts, ladies! I printed out the pics and am taking them with to the appointment on the 15th. If she tries to give me the blow-off, I'm definitely going to go right to the company. (Thank you, Celry, for the info that Hanger is in our area!! I will see what I can find out in the meantime!)

And I must say....... I love, love, love the pics of all of your sweeties! They are SOOOO cute!!
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