Reese was diagnosed with plagiocephaly when he was about 5 months old. I had noticed his head was flat in the back on one side, and I brought it up to our pedi. She gave us a referral to a place that does those baby helmets.
I was concerned about this place from the beginning. I think they use scare tactics to make you think there is something wrong with your child. I even asked the pedi, how many people do they turn away and say, “No, your child’s head is perfect?” The pedi told me they have heard of only one, and that family didn’t have any insurance.
So they tell you that your child’s head is shifted. The flat spot on the back means the ears are misaligned. This also causes the eye socket on the flattened side to be pushed forward with a small bump on the forehead. It could cause developmental and learning problems, they tell you. Any parent would fork out the $2200 on the spot after hearing that, right!?!?!
Well, we didn’t. Because Reese was 2 months premature, they go by adjusted age (which I found in research. They didn’t give us that information! They were ready to take our credit card payment and fit him!). The optimal time to get the helmet is by 6 months (because of the head growth is slower once they reach a certain age). Reese was only 3-4 months adjusted. So we still had time. We figured we could just work with how he lays his head and keep him upright more and hope it would fix itself.
Well, I don’t think it’s working. 😦 I guess I will talk to the pedi when we go in next week for his synagis shot. I’m not worried about any developmental issues. I don’t want him to have a funky shaped head!!!
Oh, did I mention these are $2200 . . . our insurance doesn’t cover it . . . even though it is more than likely caused by the month long NICU stay . . . and if we decide to do it now, it probably means a longer helmet stay because he is older.