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Cranial Orthosis/Helmets

Helmets are used to reshape babies’ heads by applying a gentle force to direct normal skull growth into the flattened areas. They are typically worn 23 hours a day for 2-6 months. Some babies wear more than one helmet and this varies greatly by the specific product you choose. They are very well tolerated by the baby.

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Unfortunately, helmets can be expensive, and not readily available in all areas of the country/world. Our goal is to correct skull flattening without the need for a helmet, and here’s why:

Two Ways to Treat Plagiocephaly

Therapy

1-2 months treatment
home-based
visits start within one week
focus on parent education
specialized therapists
less than $800

Helmet

3-6 months treatment
clinic-based
visits start within 3 weeks
helmet worn 23 hours a day
specialized clinicians
more than $2,000

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Baby Begin has been successful at keeping 90% of our patients out of helmets if they start treatment before 4 months of age.

If you have tried everything and your baby is over 5 months of age, the best way to improve the headshape is with a helmet.
We Cannot Stress This Enough - You Should Not Feel Guilty If Your Baby Needs A Helmet.
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Helmet Treatment or Not?

There are many factors that cause plagiocephaly and a very small window of opportunity to change it, so treating it conservatively is not always an option. There should be no shame in making your baby’s headshape look as normal as it can be. We support you 100%! To help you with this decision, we offer personalized head shape consultations to provide an unbiased opinion for next steps in your baby’s head shape journey.

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