Flat-Head Syndrome is Not A Disability

The initial news about the 7 month old infant thrown from the parking structure at CHOC in Orange on last week is completely devastating. According to news reports the infant boy was wearing a helmet and was being treated for congenital muscular torticollis and plagiocephaly (flat-head syndrome). His father claims that the child’s mother is suffering from post-partum depression, and authorities are closely watching her while she is in custody awaiting her hearing.

Some of the media coverage indicated that the infant’s condition was a “disability” or “defect.” Approximately 1 in 15 infants are diagnosed with these conditions, which can be resolved through non-invasive and non-surgical treatments, similar to what we coordinated with our daughter C last year. It’s a pretty common condition.

In my opinion, here are the top three reasons why you should treat plagiocephaly:
  1. There is a small window of time to treat. Treatment should occur before the age of one years to be successful and take advantage of growth spurts. Treatment also needs to happen before the skull’s soft spots completely close.
  2. Your infant won’t have any cognitive memory of wearing the band or helmet. They’ll just have their cute baby photos to look back upon.
  3. It is important to follow your therapists’s instructions. We worked with Cranial Technologies. They asked us to have C wear the band 23 hours a day to maximize the time we had to reshape her head.

If you’ve found my post because you’re searching for more information on whether or not you should treat your infant’s plagiocephaly, welcome. Here are some links I hope you find helpful. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave me a note in the comments below. I’ll certainly get back to you.

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