Cranial Remolding Orthosis (Helmet)10:36:00 PM
A Cranial Remolding Orthosis is a helmet that babies can wear to help correct an asymmetrical head shape. Porter has a flat spot or "asymmetry" on the back part of his head and to try to make it as symmetrical as possible he will be wearing this helmet for two-three months.
We started to notice the flatness on one side of his head at about three months old. This could have been caused by sleeping on his back. Helmets have become more common now that babies spend most of the time on their backs. There are many factors that could have played a part in causing this, but what we believed caused it is something to consider since I think it could happen to anyone. Every night we would complete our nightly routine: Drew would read from our baby Bible and I would breast feed on the left side and then the right. I would carry Porter into his crib and lay him down the exact same way every time. (Porter slept in his crib at three weeks and slept through the night at about nine weeks, so we did not want to change this routine since it worked!) Laying him down with his head facing the same way every night caused one side of his neck to have more range of flexibility than the other. This is known as torticollis in the medical world. So not only was Porter favoring one side at night in his crib but he was also doing this in his car seat, swing, high chair, etc... This lead to a flatness on one side.
Our pediatrician was not worried at all. She suggested some positioning to try in the crib using a wedge to allow Porter to lean to the other side. Drew is a newly certified orthotist and actually works in the office that fits children for helmets. We decided to take him to the lady in his office who specializes in this area and get her opinion. They measure the distance diagonally across the head on both sides, and compare the difference between the two. This measurement is called the cranial vault asymmetry. Porters asymmetry was 9mm of difference from one side to the other.