Plagiocephaly is a very common and very treatable disorder that effects nearly 1 in 2 children with 1 in 10 children having it serious enough to seek out treatment. The condition that is also knows as “flat head syndrome” is characterized by a flat spot on the back of the child’s head. Plagiocephaly has been on the rise since the early 1990s when the “Back to Sleep” program urged parents to place their infants to sleep on their back in order to help prevents Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). While plagiocephaly will not cause your infant any neurological harm, it is likely that if left untreated, the child will carry the misshapen head into adulthood when it is no longer able to be corrected.
Casting Vs CAD
At Green, we have a commitment to using the most advanced technology available to our patients, and our cranial orthoses is no different. Previously, a cast mold had to be made of the child’s head which often required four hands and the patience of the child and caregiver. The use of Computer Aided Design, or CAD technology has made the process cleaner, easier, and much more comfortable for our young patients. CAD is the use of electronic tools to design products on a computer screen. To use CAD, we simply apply a stockinette cap with a few dots for the scanner to read. The CAD system utilizes 3-D technology, LEDs, and lasers that are completely harmless to the child and have been FDA approved for eye safety. The scanner also allows our O & P practitioners to document and compare infant head shape data before, during, and after orthotic treatments. For more information on treatment plans for plagiocephaly, please contact your local Green Prosthetics and Orthotics office.