The Doctor Is In: Baby helmet therapy on the rise

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WAUSAU, Wis., (WSAW)-- More and more often, we are seeing infants being treated with cranial therapy.

Helmet therapy, or the use of a cranial orthosis, is a type of treatment prescribed for infants to help correct the baby's skull shape.

Sometimes after child birth a baby's head comes out during delivery looking a little funny or cone-like but that shape usually adjusts within a few days of birth.

Another cause for treatment could depend on how your child lays in their crib, or laid inside your uterus. According to Marshfield Clinic, one side of their head may develop a flat spot. A flat head doesn't hurt the child's brain development, but may require a helmet to fix the shape.
Although it's recommended for a newborn to sleep on their back to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, Allen suggests switching your baby's position throughout the day and allowing plenty of tummy time.

Around four to six months, if your child's head is still flat, your physician may propose wearing a helmet. The helmet's mold gradually changes during this process to form the proper head shape. Depending on your child's age, a helmet is typically worn for six months.

The helmets are usually worn for about 23 hours a day, only taken off for bathing and cleaning.