Plagiocephaly Resources



We want to share with you some tips after our own experience:


Pediatrician

Inform your pediatrician when you noticed the unusual shape of your baby's head. Ask how severe the plagiocephaly is. Even if the pediatrician thinks because of his experience, that the flattened will be gone doing tummy time and positioning we suggest that you contact a specialist to know how to continue. Ask what other service providers are there besides the one that your doctor recommends. In our case, we went directly to see to Cranial Technologies and they didn't take any medical insurances in 2008, not sure today. We had to pay for the complete treatment at the first visit. It is best to know what other options are out there for you before taking a decision and starting treatment. Also, ask your pediatrician a referral to physical therapy so they can tell you if your baby suffers or not from torticollis. Even though our pediatrician told us to wait until six months of age in order to start plagiocephaly treatment if needed at that point, we preferred to see a specialist immediately after reading that the younger the baby the faster they achieve a good result with a cranial band.


Helmet Provider

In the case that you have no other options than to start plagiocephaly treatment with a cranial band, ask not only how many weeks your baby will need to use the helmet but also for how long the helmet will last on your baby's head due to size. In our case, they didn't tell us that if Alexander's head grow and the shape of his head was not corrected and the helmet was too small for him at that point, the only way we could continue with treatment was if we pay for another helmet which was going to be another US$3,600!!!Ask for options and remember that is very important that your baby receives treatment as soon as possible.


Medical Insurance

After our experience with our insurance, we recommend you to call your medical insurance company and ask them what providers' options you have before starting treatment with one. Unfortunately, we went directly to see the provider our pediatrician recommended without asking our medical insurance what other options we had. Also, if it's only reimbursed, ask them what they will need in order to process your claim. In our case, when we made the claim to our insurance company (which is excellent) they required us an itemized or detailed invoice so they could reimburse us the money based on how much the helmet, photos, mold, measurements, adjustments and visits were. These are some of the guidelines some medical insurance companies follow in order to approve or reimburse cranial band treatment in United States. Please, call your medical insurance company to receive updated information. Cranial Technologies didn't give us a detailed invoice. The invoice had a total amount of US$3,600 that included everything in one item (all inclusive treatment) this way our medical insurance paid us the maximum allowable for durable medical equipment which in our case was US$1,800 (they couldn't pay us for photos, mold, measurements, adjustments and visits).




We used Tummy Time and Activity Centers to make Tummy Time for Alexander more enjoyable. If your baby doesn't like Tummy Time at all, don't just put him there, get to the floor with him and use toys and sing to entertain him. He will soon like being in that position! The Exersaucer and the Bumbo seat are two great items when you don't want to have your baby's head against anything, avoid the pressure on baby's skull! Good luck!



See Alexander's photos before and after DocBand® treatment


Infant head with plagiocephaly before and after picture

Photo by: CranialTech

Infant head with plagiocephaly before and after picture

Photo by: CranialTech

Infant head with plagiocephaly before and after picture

Photo by: CranialTech

Infant head with plagiocephaly before and after picture

Photo by: CranialTech

Infant head with plagiocephaly before and after picture

Photo by: CranialTech

Infant head with plagiocephaly before and after picture

Photo by: CranialTech


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If you think your baby has this condition, contact your pediatrician right away with this concern! Find out what other services or helmet providers are out there before starting treatment with one. Check with your health insurance what options they have for you but always, always do what your heart tells you.