My 9 month grandson has been diagnosed with this condition apparently an increasingly common phenomenon since 1990 when mothers were advised to place babies to sleep on their backs rather than on their fronts which was the advice given when my children were babies. Placing babies on their backs has significantly reduced the incidence of cot death, but doctors are now seeing increasing numbers of babies with Plagiocephaly. My son and his girlfriend have bought a special mattress which is recommended as an aid to rectify this condition and they have also been advised to place the baby on his front during the day when he is awake. I personally don't think it's that noticeable or pronounced unless attention is drawn to it and then I have to admit that his head is not completely asymmetrical. The other day he had an appointment at Great Ormond Street and the conclusion was that there wasn't really any course of action that could be considered other than the option of purchasing a helmet which some babies wear for about six months or so.
As opinion is divided as to the benefits of these helmets the NHS does not supply them free of charge and they cost close to £2,000. I have been on line to try and find out as much as possible about them, which incidentally have to be worn 23 hours a day. A recent study in Holland of 84 babies where 50% wore the helmet concluded there were no significant benefits to wearing one, 50% of the babies wearing the helmet saw no improvement in the condition and in fact there were side effects the worst being 30% of parents felt that their baby was experiencing some pain as a consequence of having this contraption on their head, which I would hate.
I am wondering if there are any GNs who have come across this condition and if so, what course of action did their family take, I have heard it can rectify itself in time. We have told our son that we would be happy to stump up the money but I am concerned that a) it wouldn't do the job and b) as previously stated it might make have an adverse effect on our grandchild.
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