Helmet Treatment Options for Flat Head Syndrome

Flat Head Syndrome, as discussed in our article, What is Flat Head Syndrome, is both preventable and treatable. Flat Head Syndrome, also know as positional plagiocephaly, is the flattening or asymmetry on the back of a baby's head due to unequal force or pressure applied to the skull.

Because babies with flat heads are common, appearing in nearly 50% of infants, treatment options and preventable measures are also common. 

Do Babies with Flat Heads need Helmets?

One of the most common questions is, "does my baby need a helmet?"

Depending on the severity of the problem, your doctor may recommend using a baby helmet. These helmets are made of a rigid plastic with a foam lining. Babies should wear the helmet 23 hours out of the day, and require weekly resizing. While most babies adapt easily to the helmet, they will need to wear it between two to six months. 

Keep in mind, not all babies with Flat Heads need a helmet. This is something to discuss between you and a professional. 

How does a Helmet treat Flat Head Syndrome?

Baby helmets can correct flat head syndrome by using the pressure mold to shape the head. By creating the round shape of the helmet, the baby's soft skull can "fill" the area when placed on their back to sleep. Removing the flat part of sleeping on their back, a baby helmet is one of the ways to treat flat head syndrome. 

Essentially, the helmets limit growth on one area of the head and encourage growth on the underdeveloped side of the skull. 

How Much does a Helmet for Flat Head Syndrome Cost?

Helmets for Flat Head Syndrome can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $4,000. Often this is an out of pocket cost. Many insurance companies do not recognize positional plagiocephaly as a medical condition, thereby not including it in coverage. Some insurance companies will cover part of the cost of the helmet. It's best to ask your insurance ahead of time.

Occasionally, paying in full or bypassing your insurance will give you a cash discount. Discuss these options with your doctor. 

Alternatives to Helmets for Flat Head Syndrome

Plenty of tummy time is one preventative measure to helmets for flat head syndrome. Do not put your baby on their tummy to sleep, however. 

The Crescent Womb is a natural safe sleep alternative.

Crescent eases the transition from #WombtoWorld by safely mimicking the ergonomics of being held. Our patented technology cradles infants the way nature intended, providing healthy weight distribution for their tiny body. Crescent Womb’s unique design relieves pressure from the back of the head, limiting known environmental risks of Flat Head Syndrome.