A head-shape deformity is generally noticed soon after the birth of your baby, within several days, weeks or months. General healthcare practitioners, and you as the parent/s or caregivers will be able to detect an abnormal head shape and/or asymmetries in the facial features and ears that do not resolve in several days.
We aim for an early initiation to achieve the best outcomes. The ideal age of treatment is 4 to 6 months; however, we can provide a helmet for a baby till the age of 18 months depending on the severity and causative factor.
The duration of treatment varies due to the different severities and asymmetries present. The orthotic treatment is often used in conjunction with paediatric physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic’s etc.
Author Kirsten Gibson, B-Tech (tut)
Founder, Director and Senior Orthotist Prosthetist at Gibson Orthotics.
Vice Chair of The South African Orthotic Prosthetic Association.
Kirsten Gibson owner and founder of Gibson Orthotics is a passionate O & P Clinician with notable experience in Paediatrics and Lymphology. Actively involved in Improving patient and professionals knowledge on the subjects of O & P.