Yeah, what DS has is called the same thing. Positional plagiocephaly is kind of the generic term for it. Only his is on his side. He only sleeps on his right side due to torticollis. (he has a hard time turning his head to the left). What basically happens is it creates a protruding side and a flat side which makes his head start to look crooked like parallelagram.
that's the best picture diagram i could find to explain it.. DS wasn't THAT bad but it was pretty noticable. Its easier to see what i mean by 'protruding' and 'flat' side i hope with the diagram.View Thread
I feel your pain. I get up with DS pretty much every morning. DH works pretty late (sometimes he doesn't get in until 4 in the morning!) so i try to be pretty quick and consciencious about getting up with him so i don't wake DH. Now, one day a week i usually ask him to get up so i can get some extra sleep. I always make sure its a morning when he didn't have to work the night before. That one day a week you'd think I was pulling teeth! I usually have to ask him a few times before he'll get up with him.. and even then he complains about it and makes all kinds of noise so i can't sleep.
Even as a SAHM I feel like I will never catch up on sleep... I can't imagine what will happen when i get a job! I feel like i'm working on month 9 of no sleep! (since i couldn't sleep during my last month either!) I feel your pain, though i probably would have screamed at DH if he'd let DS fall off the bed until he was so awake he couldn't go back to sleep if he wanted to.View Thread
He got his Helmet when he was about 4.5 months and he is 8 months now. So he's had it about 3.5 months. I have a feeling its going to be more like 2 more months til he gets it off. They probably told you only a couple of months since he was older when he got it. The helmet will only work until they are a year old.. and even then i think that's pushing it. I think the most good happens between 3-6 months old... although it all has to do with your LO's growth and DS went through a huge growth spurt last month so that helped the progress a lot. His flat spot was pretty bad, that's why he's had it so long. He was considered severe. (above a 12mm difference is considered severe) but now he's down to 9.. so not so bad. Actually, the orthotics people measured 9, and the doctor measured 6... so who knows.
I felt bad about it at first but now that i'm near the end i just try not to think about it too much. He had torticollis so there wasn't much i could do about it. Yeah, i feel like i could have caught it earlier and blame myself for that sometimes, but being a first time mommy, that wasn't something i was looking out for.View Thread
Ok.. I've been itching to post a helmet update so i might as well do it now... even though everything is still funky.
We had another helmet appointment for DS. When we first started we had to go to the orthotics office every 2 weeks, but they changed that a few months ago so that we only have to go once a month.
When we started the difference between the protruding side of his head and the flat part was 17mm. Now its down to 9mm. They say they like for it to get down to less than a 5mm difference. We talked to the doctor and she said he definitely needed another month at least. She basically said "we'll see how he looks next month and go from there'. I feel like my poor baby has been in this helmet forever and i'm really anxious for him to be done with it. He's learned how to pull it off, so he wears it a lot less these days. They suggest a goal of wearing it 22 hours a day. We DID to close to that at first.. but now that he's taking it off all the time, we are lucky to get 18 hours probably. But, the doctor said that was ok. She said at his age they kind of expect them to spend less time in it because it will be bothersome. I REALLY hope next month is the last month. I hate seeing him sleeping in it... thinking about how uncomfortable it must be. I just wish i could wear it for him.View Thread
yeah, i know what you mean.. I feel like i'm going to have to spend awhile playing around before i'm really used to it. I changed my picture but it isn't showing yet.. and i hate that we can't have signitures! ugh.View Thread