Orthoses for toddlers


Sometimes the skull bones of infants are not well positioned, which can cause a deformation of the skull called plagiocephaly.

Measurement and moulding evaluation

During the first visit, the orthotist assesses the type of plagiocephaly and the degree of deformation of the skull. With accurate measurements and calculations, the orthotist determines what is called the cranial index. According to this index, the professional then determines whether a helmet is beneficial or not. In the event that the helmet is indicated, the orthotist then undertakes a moulding of the baby's head. This step is crucial and essential to get a well-fitting helmet. The moulding will then be modified and the helmet manufactured according to the indications of the orthotist.


How the helmet works


The principle of the helmet is quite simple. It is important to understand that no pressure is applied on the child's head. Inside the helmet, cavities are practiced in the cushioning. We use natural growth spurts to guide the bones of the skull into the cavities. At each follow-up with the orthotist, the cavities are adjusted according to the growth surges. For this reason, it is essential to start treatment as soon as possible to increase the chances of success. It is between 4 and 9 months that the beginning of the treatment is recommended to deal with performance and accurately the child's disorder.


Tracking and adjustments


A regular follow-up is necessary to obtain good results, since the child's growth spurts are unpredictable. It is important, therefore, that the child be seen by the orthotist on a regular basis. It is normal for the specialist to make several adjustments during the treatment in order to improve the comfort of the child and the effectiveness of the helmet.

Plagiocephaly in many forms



There are several types of plagiocephaly and several degrees of deformity. The orthotist first assesses your child’s skull. The data compilation allows the orthotist to determine the cranial index or degree of deformity.

For which diagnosis


Brachycephaly

Scaphocephaly

Plagiocephaly

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