Shortly after Bennett Hirsh was born she was diagnosed with plagiocephaly — flat head syndrome — commonly associated with torticollis. Babies with torticollis have a hard time turning their heads because of their tight neck muscles. When they lie down, they tend to keep their heads in the same position. Since the bones of the skull are soft and have not fused yet, this can cause flattening.
Learn more about plagiocephaly (flat-head syndrome), including parent questions and concerns about plagiocephaly, treatment options, clinician profiles, and success stories from using a cranial orthosis for plagiocephaly.
At 9 months old, Annemarie Rose Lowe Erato is already realizing her superpowers. She takes after her mother, Lindsay, who amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, underwent a relentless pursuit to find helmet therapy for her daughter’s plagiocephaly.
Steve Slawinski is a Certified Orthotist and Clinic Director of the Boston O&P of Voorhees. In this Q&A, Steve shares how he was introduced to the O&P profession, how things have changed over the years, and some tips about cranial deformities that he uses to provide better care to patients.
Levi Merry is what his mom, Rebecca, calls “a little ham.” “The kid has had so many photos taken from the moment he was born, yet he’s always smiling,” — smiling despite everything the 9-month-old has been through.
Mary Ott knows a good head (of hair) when she sees one—she’s a hairstylist, after all. Yet, when she visited the pediatrician for her son Sam’s five-month checkup, she was shocked to learn he might have flat head syndrome.
“I didn't really think it was that serious,” says Mary. "I noticed it a little but thought, oh, he’ll be fine. He’ll grow out of it. But the pediatrician insisted I get it checked.”
As a customer service representative for Boston Orthotics & Prosthetics, Zachary Marcelino is dedicated to providing the very best service to all the Boston O&P customers he serves. In this Q&A, learn more about Zach, including his most rewarding experience at Boston O&P, his specialties, and his biggest pet peeve.
When Luca was born, his grandmother noticed his head looked flat. His mom, Nadine, tried repositioning techniques for 6 weeks as advised by her doctor, but there were no improvements. “It was worsening, and it was becoming harder to keep Luca on one side when he was learning how to roll from side to side,” said Nadine.
Reshaping a baby’s future is literally what Daniel Haden does. As an orthotist at BioTech Limb and Brace in Birmingham, Alabama, Haden is part of a team that creates corrective helmets to treat plagiocephaly, also known as “flat-head syndrome.” Plagiocephaly is caused by pressure on the bones of the skull before or after birth that create a flat spot on the back or side of a baby's head.