Flattened back/side of the head (left or right)
Bossing of the forehead on flattened side
Prominent cheek on flattened side
One eye may appear larger that the other
Misaligned ears (ear on flattened side will be pushed forward)
Possible tilted jaw
The second most common head shape. Characteristics include:
The least common of the 3 head shapes, often seen with preemie babies, and sometimes with breech babies. Characteristics include:
DOC Band (by Cranial Technologies)
This is the "helmet" that you will hear about the most. It was the first to be approved by the FDA, and there are treatment centers all over the United States, 2 in Canada, and 1 in Spain. Each custom designed DOC Band is very light weight (6oz), and can be used on babies with plagiocephaly, brachycephaly, and scaphocephaly as young as 3 months of age, and as old as 24 months of age! This band works by applying mild pressure to prominent areas of the head, while leaving room for the flattened areas to grow into. Very few babies are bothered by this band, and life continues as normal after treatment is started. For clinic locations, and more information, visit the Cranial Technologies website at www.cranialtech.com.
STARband (by Orthomerica)
This is the U.S.'s second FDA approved "helmet". This band also applies mild pressures to the prominent areas of the head, while leaving room for the flattened areas to grow. The STARband can be used on babies between 3 and 18 months of age, for plagiocephalic and brachycephalic head shapes. This band is available across the United States and Canada. Check with your local orthotist, or visit the Orthomerica website at www.orthomerica.com.