How do cranial helmets/orthoses treat plagiocephaly?
The kinderBAND™ cranial remolding helmet treatment program remolds asymmetrical heads into a more symmetrical shape. Because infants experience rapid growth of the skull between 3 and 18 months, it is possible to remold the head. Symmetrical remolding is achieved by having the kinderBAND™ contact the head on the prominent areas, and creating space in the helmet for growth where the head is asymmetric. As the infant grows, the kinderBAND™ is customized to the developing skull on a 2-3 week interval by removing the interior foam lining. This encourages growth into the concavity formed in the helmet, thus achieving the desired skull and facial symmetry over time.
Will the kinderBAND™ affect my baby neurologically?
No, the kinderBAND™ will not affect your baby's neurological development. However, there have been several studies which point out that infants with plagiocephaly score lower on some neurologic assessments, tend to score lower on developmental surveys and obtain motor milestones later than their peers. This is possibly a result of the incidence of preterm birth with plagiocephaly. For more information, please view the study "Case-Control Study of Neurodevelopment in Deformational Plagiocephaly."
Will the kinderBAND™ hurt?
No. The kinderBAND™ is made of flexible plastic, lined with a soft foam interior. The cranial orthosis should never be tight, in fact, it may seem loose. The infant grows into the concave symmetrical space in the orthosis. Because infant's heads are so soft, any undesired pressure will manifest as a red mark. If this occurs, the cranial specialist will adjust the orthosis accordingly to ensure a proper fit.
What age are babies treated for plagiocephaly?
Infants with plagiocephaly may be treated from 3 to 18 months of age. Intervention is most effective, however, when it begins between 3 - 9 months.