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April 13th, 2011, 08:28 AM
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Hello ladies,

Have any of you had the issues with one of your babies having a flat spot on his/her head? Alex has one on the back of his head due to him being breach and squishd up against my spine when I was carrying him and his sister. At first, the dr told us that it'll round out over time, but after their 4 month check up on Monday, she wants Alex to be seen by a specialist. I feel that they might put him into a helmet to help the process move along. Have any of you dealt with this before?
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April 13th, 2011, 08:42 AM
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A&E wore helmets. A needed one because of tortacollis. We stretched her out and repositioned her all the time, but she still ended up needing a helmet. E needed one from being breech and smooshed inside me. Her head was very long front to back and narrow side to side. She had a hard time laying on her back or sitting with her head straight, so she also got flat spots on both sides.
Arya needed her helmet. Eiley's was optional, but we decided that we didn't feel comfortable fixing one and not the other. Eiley's was optional because she didn't have as many symmetry issues from her head shape.

We went to 2 places to be evaluated and both told us the same thing. We ended up going with Hanger. You can actually see my kids on their website. Hanger was 1/2 the price as the other helmet option in my area, it was about a 5 minute, instead of 50 minute drive and I liked the people there much better.

We didn't get helmets until A&E were 9 months. I wish we had done it before. THey both look great, but we would have gotten more correction if we'd done it earlier. Our pedi kept telling me they were fine when they were not. I went over her head and had them evaluated.

I know there are a few other people whose kids just got or just finished with their helmets. I'll let them give you their info.
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April 13th, 2011, 10:26 AM
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My girls just started their helmets about 2 weeks ago. I also wish we would have done it when they were younger. The girls just turned 11 months.
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April 14th, 2011, 08:15 AM
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Owen had the flat head for reasons like everyone else, womb position and then significant tortacollis on the left side. We got into a pediatric chiropractic clinic specializing in this problem and we able to reverse the flatness without helmets fortunately. Its great you are getting into see a specialist at an early age.
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April 14th, 2011, 11:31 AM
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I know two sets of twins from my local Multiples group that are wearing helmets as we speak. I think it can be pretty common, especially with how crowded it was in the womb. I wouldn't be surprised if Madelyn needed a helmet as well. She tends to favor one side of her head when she sleeps and it looks like one side of her head is flatter than the other. I'm going to bring it up at their 4 month checkup tomorrow. I know it is better to catch it early so I'm glad their pedi caught it now. He probably wouldn't need to wear it for very long.
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April 14th, 2011, 12:30 PM
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He probably wouldn't need to wear it for very long.
I hope you're right, Lindsay! I have a feeling it won't be too long though. The dr mentioned his flatness at their 2 month visit, but she wanted to see if it would correct itself. I'm still waiting for the specialist to call though so we can get him in for an apt. Hopefully it's sooner rather than later!

Good luck at the girls' 4 month check up tomorrow! Can't wait to hear how they're doing
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April 14th, 2011, 07:04 PM
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Ty and TJ wore them due to plagio. They were seen at 4 months by a specialist and she said to wait until they were 6 months to see what self correction would do. She was confident Ty wouldn't correct on his own, but it is generally not recommended to helmet before 6 months, but mine went in at 5 1/2 months because it was year end and we didn't want start in 2011 and pay another deductible. It was the best decision we made. My boys made excellent progress and got them off 3/10 so they wore them for 3 months. It is definitely best to helmet early because they grow so much in months 6-9. The time they wear them will all depend on how much they are growing.
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