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It's official....Owen needs a helmet

Well, it's official...my little cutie needs to get a helmet to fix the torticollis(a.k.a. the flattening of his head from laying on it too much).  I really didn't think he was gonna need it, but the doctor said it is pretty severe so we will go in a couple weeks to get him fitted for one.  Should only have to wear it for a few months so that is good news!  And on the bright side, I KNOW there could be WAY worse things happening to him so I'm okay with it. 



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03/30/2012 9:36AM
It's official....Owen needs a helmet
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03/30/2012 10:04AM
Been there
Both of my sons have had the "helmet" DOC Band. They both did fantastic! 8 weeks for one and 12 weeks for the other. Owen is already adorable; this will just make him even cuter!
03/30/2012 11:46AM
A daddy friend painted his daughters :)
Our friends' daughter needed a DOC band. He painted it to say, "Every princess needs a crown." Here is her DOC band calendar contest entry :) https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1908571570055&set=o.94186028026&type=3&theater
03/31/2012 11:10AM
Ozaukee Cranial Clinic and Karen are wonderful!!
My daughter has the Doc Band and I can't say enough what an amazing job it has done and how wonderful ozaukee cranial clinic is...Karen is fabulous. My friend told me about your blog and that she commented about my husbands artwork. Alana will begraduating in a few weeks and the 12 weeks she had it seemed to fly. Owen will be just fine and so will mommy, the casting can be a bit tough but the rest is a breeze. : )
03/31/2012 11:10AM
Ozaukee Cranial Clinic and Karen are wonderful!!
My daughter has the Doc Band and I can't say enough what an amazing job it has done and how wonderful ozaukee cranial clinic is...Karen is fabulous. My friend told me about your blog and that she commented about my husbands artwork. Alana will begraduating in a few weeks and the 12 weeks she had it seemed to fly. Owen will be just fine and so will mommy, the casting can be a bit tough but the rest is a breeze. : )
04/03/2012 8:35AM
It will be ok.
My nephew had a helmet. My Neice picked him one that had cars and buses and stoplights on it. It worked for him. When I had my first son 10 years ago they suggested me to lay him on his belly, by the time i had my second son 7 years ago it was all about the back. I never laid him on his back, I always laid him on his side or his belly. My thoughts on the back if a baby were to throw up laying on its back he would choke on it. These children with the flatten head I blame all these critics who tell parents to put them on their back. The head starts to deform right away with parents soley putting their kids on the back.. Good luck Alley, Owen will do great.. Its does stink so make sure you wash it ALOT..
04/11/2012 8:39AM
Great attitude!
Your attitude is perfect! Things could be much worse but I remember when they said my son had to get the DOC band, I thought the world was ending. Now, 13 years ago it seems like a distant memory and his head is perfect (at least he thinks so). In fact I am pretty sure he could compete with Wes' in how fab he thinks he looks:-) Love every minute. Time goes so fast. Oh, may want to have a cocktail before the casting as it is rough. Doesn't hurt them but they don't like it:-( Best of luck! He is ADORABLE!!!
04/12/2012 7:25AM
The Helmut Issue
Alley, If you want more information about the use of the helmut I would look for some legitimate research articles on it's use. If you go to Google Medical it will take you to more research articles rather than information put out by the makers of the helmuts because of course they are biased and they want to sell you a helmut. I am a physical therapist and I can see where it might be considered cosmetic but I also look at how the brain has to continue to grow and there could be pressure issues if the skull is not the proper shape. I think it would depend on the severity of the flattening. And yes we often do see problems down the road that they can't predict when they make new recommendations. They were just making the recommendation to have babies sleep on their backs when my youngest was born. I just continued to lay him on his sides like I did my other kids but I have a niece who has a flattened head on one side. You can't really tell now and she didn't have any other problems. Again, try to find some research articles (or ask you doctor for some) to help you make your decision. Good Luck!
04/12/2012 3:23PM
Helmet Dilemma
Alley, my son and I went through the same thing when he was a baby. His head was extremely mishaped, so much so that he couldn't wear sunglasses because they would sit crooked on his head. His doctor at All Children's told me the same thing your physical therapist said, it's 100% cosmetic. We decided against the helmet and he is now 6 yrs. old and his head is almost normal. You can barely tell unless you look really closely and sunglasses fit him perfectly! He has a perfect smile and so far no jaw problems. I would skip it.
04/12/2012 7:32PM
Helmut
Alley, My son had to have a helmet due to plagiocephly an brachcephly caused by torticollis and was classified moderate to severe. At 2 months he had physical therapy for 8 weeks for the torticollis with hopes that his head would get better. At 5 months his head was no better so we went for a consult to Ozaukee Cranial Clinic for the DOC band. We did not want to put our son through the casting, so paid the extra $300.00 for the digital scan that is done is Skoie IL. They originally projected it would take 10-12 weeks to reshape his head. In the end it only took 71/2 weeks.. My son is now 2 and I can tell you that it was the best decision we ever made!! The reason I say that is when you have a boy they tend to like to wear baseball caps or bicycle helmuts, without the helmut this was not possible because hats and helmuts would not fit properly. Also for boys it is much more difficult to hide due to short hair. After fighting with the insurance BCBS, my insurance, who has never paid for a helmut ever, according to Ozaukee Cranial Clinic, determined that is was medically necessary and paid for the helmut. In the end it is harder for you as a parent to see your child with the helmut then it actually is for the child wearing it. They don't even know that it is on. One of the coolest things is decorating the helmut to your liking. My son's helmut said "I am a kissable kid" with hershey kiss's and hershey bars on it. Best of Luck with whatever decision you make.
04/13/2012 3:38PM
Face book page Little Bumpies
Hi, just wanted to share this page it is awsome Little Bumpies dont kn ow if you already heard of it but wanted to share and god bless you and your family ..You rock lady.
04/17/2012 4:57PM
Selvish
I think you would be very selvish if you didn't get Owen a helmet. He needs it. You can see by the picture he needs it.
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