I am writing this because when I first found out my son needed a cranial band (helmet) I was very hesitant and leery about him needing one. I looked for different online resources for help in making a decision. I hope this post helps some of you in the same situation I was in.
My son had torticolis and was going to PT to strengthen his neck muscles. We were told he had a flat spot on the back of his head and his head was asymmetrical. We were told with a helmet, his head could be corrected in three months. After a lot of debate, we decided to get him the helmet.
I have to tell you that it was one of the best decisions I ever made. When we first put it on, he tried to grab out it, but after that, he was totally fine with it for the entire 3 months. We saw a lot of improvement in the first few weeks and it worked great throughout the three months. It didn’t bother him at all. It was just like another piece of clothing to him. He would wear it all night, take it off in the morning for a half hour to get ready, wear it all day until about 5:00. We would take it off to play, take a bath, and get ready for bed and then would put it on for his sleep. The first week his head sweated a lot, but then got used to it. He wore it from November until February. (He wore it from 6 to 9 months)
There were only a few people who asked about it in public and we just said he had a flat spot which the helmet will correct in a few months. We were open with our friends and family and everyone agreed it was the best decision.
He is now 10 months old and his head is practically normal. The best thing is that we never need to worry about it again. I am so happy I did it. I never wanted him to come home from school one day and ask me why other kids are making fun of his head. I never wanted him to ask why we didn’t have him wear a helmet that he would never remember. We never have to worry about it again I would recommend it to anyone!