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Navigating Criticism and Unsolicited Advice About Your Child’s Cranial Helmet

Navigating Criticism and Unsolicited Advice About Your Child’s Cranial Helmet

Equipping an infant with a cranial helmet, often necessary for conditions like plagiocephaly, marks a commitment to the child’s health and developmental success. Yet, this choice can sometimes draw criticism and unsolicited advice, placing additional emotional burdens on parents. Stuart Weiner, CPO, LPO, and director of the Cranial Center in New Jersey, the goal of this article is to empower…

Traveling with an Infant in a Cranial Helmet

Traveling with an Infant in a Cranial Helmet

Traveling with an infant presents its own set of challenges, compounded when the child requires a cranial helmet for conditions like plagiocephaly. Whether embarking on a road adventure or navigating the complexities of air travel, ensuring a smooth and comfortable experience for both parent and child is paramount; this guide draws upon the expertise of Stuart Weiner, CPO, LPO, director…

Adapting to Life with a Cranial Helmet: Strategies for Families

Adapting to Life with a Cranial Helmet: Strategies for Families

In the world of pediatric care, cranial helmets serve as a critical intervention for infants grappling with plagiocephaly and other forms of positional skull deformities. While these devices are instrumental in shaping a baby’s head, they also introduce unique challenges for the child and their caregivers. This article delves into Adapting to Life with a Cranial Helmet: Strategies for Families,…

Playtime Ideas for Babies in Cranial Orthosis: Engaging Activities to Support Development

Playtime Ideas for Babies in Cranial Orthosis: Engaging Activities to Support Development

Helmets, or cranial bands, are vital for addressing shape issues like plagiocephaly or brachycephaly. Although they might seem restrictive, there are numerous ways to ensure play remains a fun and enriching part of your baby’s day. Here are some Playtime Ideas for Babies in Cranial Orthosis. Safety First: Ensuring a Secure Play Environment It’s crucial to prioritize safety during play.…

Keeping Your Baby Cozy in a Cranial Helmet

Keeping Your Baby Cozy in a Cranial Helmet

Wearing a cranial helmet is part of the journey for some little champions and our goal in today’s article is to provide tips for keeping your baby cozy in a cranial helmet. These specially designed helmets help guide head shape development, and while they might look unusual, getting used to them can be a new experience for both baby and…

What To Expect During Cranial Helmet Therapy

What To Expect During Cranial Helmet Therapy

Cranial helmet therapy, also known as cranial orthosis, is a treatment to correct the shape of a baby’s skull. As babies grow, especially during the first year of life, their skulls are malleable. This period is vital as about 85% of a baby’s head growth occurs, making early intervention essential. The therapy uses a custom-fitted helmet that gently directs the…

The Emotional Impact on Parents. Coping Strategies with a Newborn Baby Who Has Cranial Orthosis

The Emotional Impact on Parents. Coping Strategies with a Newborn Baby Who Has Cranial Orthosis

When parents are informed that their newborn requires a cranial orthosis, it often brings a flood of emotions. Understanding the emotional journey and equipping yourself with coping strategies is essential in navigating this period of having a newborn with a cranial orthosis. Understanding Your Emotions It’s natural to experience a wide range of emotions: • Shock and Denial: Initial feelings…

Early Signs of Flat Head Syndrome: What to Look Out For?

Early Signs of Flat Head Syndrome: What to Look Out For?

Flat Head Syndrome, medically termed plagiocephaly, is a common condition affecting many newborns. While the name might sound alarming, it’s important for parents to understand that with early detection and proper care, it’s typically treatable. This article aims to guide you through the early signs to watch for, offering peace of mind and empowering you with knowledge. What is Flat…

Embracing the Journey: Navigating Social Situations with Your Baby’s Cranial Orthosis

Embracing the Journey: Navigating Social Situations with Your Baby’s Cranial Orthosis

Navigating social situations with your baby’s cranial orthosis (a helmet used to reshape the skull) can be a sensitive topic for many parents. Here are some tips to help you manage these situations with confidence and empathy: Educate Yourself and Others: Understand the purpose and function of cranial orthosis. This knowledge will empower you to explain its importance to others…

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