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Name: Joeys_Mam
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Joey went to see the specialist about his Plagiocepaly (flat spot) yesterday. Even though he now sleeps on his side, I don't have him in his bouncers anymore, and he's hardly ever on his back, the specialist thinks it hasn't improved. He wants Joey to come back in 6 months, see if it improves by then. But I'm worried. They say the helmet isn't used in Ireland, but I could pay about 2000 ($4000) and go privately in England, which would cost even more including flights to get a helmet. I worry that if it doesn't improve by the time Joey is 2, it'll never improve. Specialist says their heads are no longer pliable after aged 2.

Would you go for the helmet idea or just leave it?
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Name: NIKKIS | Date: Jul 18th, 2008 2:36 PM
my cousin has three boys that had the same problem in varying degrees. she used the helmets for 2 and her youngest helmet got messed up so he doesn't wear it. the helmet makes a dramatic difference. for her boys once they were walking it even made them hold their heads down and forward a little bit, but that really didn't start happening until they were walking.

it sounds incredibly expensive, however i think i would go for it. i don't know for sure though lol, i am sort of on the fence, and i hate to be sexist but it would be different if he was a girl because then he would always have hair to cover it, but as a boy if it doesn't improve it will always be noticable.

you have a really hard decision to make, hopefully it corrects itself. 

Name: Randi | Date: Jul 18th, 2008 5:00 PM
I don't know about any of this... Is it to fix his forehead?

I guess if it my kid, I would get the helmut. 

Name: Joeys_Mam | Date: Jul 18th, 2008 11:39 PM
No. It's at the back of his head. It isn't extreme. He looks fine, but you do notice it, especially as Joey has blonde hair. Hmmm I'll give it some serious thought. I just hate this not knowing what is best. I'd pay the money if I thought it was best. I just don't want to leave it too late either. Thanks for your advice. 

Name: ..RoSey.. | Date: Jul 19th, 2008 12:18 AM
that is a very hard decision to make.. and ALOT of money to spend !! But personally i think it wil be worth every cent....
if that was izzy i would correct it with the helmet...
In the end its upto you, and no matter what you choose will be the best decision for you and jeoy =) 

Name: DRB | Date: Jul 19th, 2008 2:19 AM
i personlly would spend the money to correct the problem...but thats me. i dont kow how severe it is but i would save every cent so i could get the helmet 

Name: jillw | Date: Jul 19th, 2008 2:31 PM
well if you are thinking of the helmet, then the sooner the better. I used to work with in an office that did orthothics and they made these. the kids who wore them the youngest had the best results. it does seem to me that there should be an easier way. let me do some research and ask a few people I know here in the field, and I will see if there is a cheaper way to go about getting it done. 

Name: zoey9810 | Date: Jul 19th, 2008 3:03 PM
I would do it if i were you, 4G's is nothing compared to your son possibly being made fun of his entire life, i dont know how bad it is, but if it was my son or daughter i would definitely have it done. 2 of my neighbors had it done for both of their kids, one was a boy and the other one had a girl. it helped the girl out tremendously, you couldnt even tell that her head was mis-shapen.. the other was handicap, and had water on the brain so his situation was way different, but it helped out the shape of his head as well.

I would not just leave it!! 

Name: zoey9810 | Date: Jul 19th, 2008 3:04 PM
do some research on it and try your best to find a dr. do you guys have insurance?? 

Name: zoey9810 | Date: Jul 19th, 2008 4:54 PM
ohh and i forgot to add, if he ever wants shorter hair, like a buzed cut when hes older, that would show off his flat spot, so i would do the helmet thing.. :)

LOL now its in the right spot!! haha 

Name: zoey9810 | Date: Jul 19th, 2008 4:58 PM
Hey i found this online, its prob too late, but its still cool, i think i might buy it for the next one


Name: Joeys_Mam | Date: Jul 19th, 2008 5:37 PM
Lauren, yes I know. I'm worried about that too. It really isn't that bad to be honest. Noone really notices it all that much (at least they don't say they do) till I tell them, and then they say they notice it. I might take pics of it to show you. 

Name: katiebugs706 | Date: Jan 19th, 2009 4:57 PM
I see that this all happened last summer, what did you decide to do? I just got a helmet for my son, he is 6 months old. We live in the US and insurance covered it. We are still going to have to pay about $600 though. 

Name: Joeys_Mam | Date: Jan 21st, 2009 3:20 PM
We were advised not to go for the helmet by our family doctor; he was convinced it'll correct itself naturally. Joey is now 16-months-old and saw the specialist last week who thinks it's improving, so do I. There's a definite improvement, and he thinks it'll be pretty much perfect by the time he's 2. 

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