A Growing Problem, A High-Tech Solution
When an infant’s head is out of symmetry, the condition is known as plagiocephaly. Reported cases have risen significantly in the last 10 years. In 1996, the cranial deformity affected 1 in 300 infants; today, it’s 1 in 30. Experts say the rise is due to the practice of placing infants on their backs to combat Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). With their head against a flat surface for prolonged periods, the malleable bones of the infant skull lose their shape.
Anxious parents may blame themselves, but the truth is that the condition is somewhat common and is also treatable. Monroe can help to correct it with orthotic intervention using the latest dual camera scanner technology
A neurologist or neurosurgeon will refer an infant to us anytime after 3 months of age. We use the dual camera scanner technique to take optical measurements of the infant’s head. The findings are then presented to your insurance carrier to gain authorization for treatment. These evaluations and submission are a free service.
The data from our measurements is then used to create an individual helmet for the infant. Over time, it will guide the growth of the child’s cranium toward symmetry. The helmet is worn 22-23 hours a day and the child is seen regularly for evaluation. The plagiocephaly is usually corrected within a few months. If you have any questions about plagiocephaly or our treatment procedure, please contact us. We’ll be glad to help!
Frequently Asked Questions about Plagiocephaly and cranial remolding can be found at:
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