Our practitioners specialize in the orthotic treatment of positional plagiocephaly. Treatment may include parental education on infant repositioning techniques, and/or a cranial remolding orthosis. We work closely with area craniofacial surgeons, neurologists and neurosurgeons to determine the best plan of care for each baby.
A thorough evaluation of an infant’s head shape is completed during the first visit at Westcoast Brace & Limb. After obtaining the baby’s history from his or her parents, measurements are taken. The baby’s head is then scanned and a series of six clinical photographs are taken. These photographs are repeated at the end of the treatment
Parents return with their baby after about ten days for delivery of the orthosis. During this visit, time is spent optimizing the fit of the orthosis and providing the parents with thorough wear/care instructions and answering any questions they may have.
When choosing to proceed with treatment, it is important to consider that follow-up visits are essential to treatment success. Visits are scheduled weekly or bi-weekly, depending on the baby’s age and growth rate.
Measurements are taken at every follow-up visit. These measurements help monitor head growth and document progress. Modifications to the cranial orthosis are made to accommodate the changes that are occurring and to ensure that there is always space for growth in the desired areas.
Once it is determined that the desired correction of the head shape has been achieved, parents return with their baby for a final visit. On that day, new clinical photographs are taken and the baby’s head is scanned again. The parents receive a copy of the pre- and post-treatment photographs and scan reports.
Gwyneth – Plagiocephaly Patient
“My husband and I started noticing our daughter Gwyneth developing a flat spot on her head when she was 3 months old. When she went in for her 4 month well visit her doctor sent us to a specialist, where we were told that Gwyneth had plagiocephaly and that we should try repositioning her during sleep for a month. With no success on repositioning we were then referred to Westcoast Brace and Limb. The orthotist measured and scanned our daughter’s head and talked to us about a cranial orthosis. Initially my husband and I were worried about putting our baby in a helmet, but after doing extensive research and speaking with the staff at Westcoast Brace & Limb, the decision was much easier to make. Her head looks wonderful now!”
—Katie Metz, Mother