All Boston Orthotics & Prosthetics clinics are now offering a free consultation to parents and caregivers of infants who may be showing symptoms of plagiocephaly or “flat-head syndrome.” Boston O&P, a leading provider that specializes in treating children, is happy to offer parents and caregivers this option.
If you’ve noticed flattening on your baby’s head, you may be wondering if it requires treatment, or if the head will round out on its own. To be able to address these concerns, you can now contact a Boston O&P clinic to schedule a free consultation with a certified orthotist specializing in plagiocephaly.
At the free consultation appointment, the clinician will assess the flattening, take measurements of the baby’s head, make a recommendation based on the degree of cranial deformity and the age of the baby. They'll also be able to answer any questions you may have on the subject.
If your baby is younger than 4 months and isn’t rolling yet, the PerfectNoggin may be recommended. The PerfectNoggin is a contoured sleep surface that comfortably cradles the back of the infant's head, promoting natural head shape and symmetry as the infant grows.
Boston O&P’s preventative treatment with the PerfectNoggin includes:
- The PerfectNoggin sleep surface
- Education on proper use
- Three-dimensional surface scan of the child’s head
- Repositioning advice
- Screening for torticollis
- Follow-up visits to track progress
If you decide to proceed with treatment a prescription is required, which you can obtain from a pediatrician. The cost of the device and all services provided is $400.
There is no charge for the initial consultation, regardless of whether the parent/caregiver chooses to take the advice of the clinician or proceed with treatment. The device can also be purchased independently through PerfectNoggin.com.
If the baby is older than 4 months or able to roll over from their back to their belly, the clinician will provide advice to help you decide if helmet therapy with the Boston Band may be a good option for your child.
“At Boston O&P, we see prevention and treatment as equally important, and we are the only company that offers several options for both the prevention and treatment of plagiocephaly,” said Tom Morrissey, Boston O&P President and CEO. “We know that a flattened head shape in infants can be very concerning for parents, and we are proud to offer free, no-strings-attached consultations with our team of experts to help them learn more about plagiocephaly and make the right decision for their child.”