In the last 6 months, it's gotten to a point where we felt it was time to get him checked out. Sure, he gets lots of tummy time, physical therapy, and we have always worked to reposition him while he's sleeping. While we've seen an improvement lately in the shape of his head, our window to help correct the issue is closing fast. We felt if we didn't act soon, it might be too late. After all, the last thing we want for him is a problem due to a misshapen head later on in life.
A few weeks ago, we took him to Cranial Tech for an evaluation.
They took a few mug shots...
And determined that he has a moderate to severe case of brachycephaly. I don't know that I agree that his current head shape is that serious, but if that's the diagnosis they needed for the insurance company to approve treatment, so be it. And, I concede that they're the experts.
So, next week, Connor will go in for his DSi scan, and 14 days later he'll be fitted for his helmet.
Which he will wear 23 hours a day.
That's right, Connor will be wearing a helmet 23 hours a day.
For the first little while, we'll be visiting Cranial Tech about once a week for fittings and adjustments. Right now, they're telling us that treatment time may be as long as 7 months, with potentially a 2nd band/helmet for another 7 months. We're hoping that was worst-case scenario.
Another mom did a great job of explaining a little of what we're in for.
Check out her video...
Are we really up to 14 months of band/helmet wearing?
If Connor's head shape is "normal" to us after the 1st band, that might be all we're willing to do.
We'll have to see.
Are we looking forward to this experience?
Will we do this for Connor's sake?
We know we can do this... it'll be an adjustment, but in no time at all we'll get used to it, right?
If we survived the NICU experience, I know we can, I know we can...
Are we mostly nervous for how well Connor will adjust to wearing his helmet?
Are we trying to think happy thoughts about what's in store?
Are we planning to decorate his helmet?
After all, if he goes bald like his dad, we want him to have as normal a head shape as possible. ;)