Also known as: baby head shape correction, plagiocephaly treatment, cranial orthosis
Cranial Remodeling Treatment & Baby Head Shape Correction
Your child has been referred for cranial remodeling treatment and will be fitted with a STARband™ cranial remodeling orthosis. This helmet-like device will help reshape your child’s head and must be worn 23 hours each day, with an hour off for bathing and hygiene.
First Five Days of Cranial Remodeling Treatment
During the first five days of treatment, you will be asked to gradually increase the wearing time of the helmet as follows:
Your child may experience increased perspiration during the first few days the cranial remodeling helmet is worn until his or her body becomes accustomed to it. Products such as powders and lotions should not be applied to the head or the helmet. If a heat rash appears at the base of the skin, remove the helmet every three to four hours for skin checks and wash irritated areas with a mild soap.
Skin Checks and Concerns
The skin on the head and scalp should be checked for deep areas of redness. If there is an area of deep redness that does not fade within an hour, or there are signs of skin breakage, blisters or blood, the helmet should be removed and the occupational therapist should be notified.
Some children will be asked to perform neck exercises as part of their treatment plan. The caregiver should remove the helmet for this type of treatment.
Daily Hygienic Care
The helmet should be removed daily and cleaned with 70 or 90 percent strength rubbing alcohol (pure mild soap may also be used). Any other product may burn the child’s skin. Apply the rubbing alcohol to a washcloth or use a new, soft toothbrush and clean the inside of the helmet thoroughly. Set it upside down to dry during the child’s bath time.
The helmet may develop an odor, especially in warmer climates. The helmet should always be cleaned as soon as it is removed. Setting the helmet upside down in the sun or using a fan will help to eliminate the odor and “air” the
The helmet should never get wet and should always be removed while swimming or bathing. After swimming, the child’s hair and area covered with the helmet should be washed with shampoo to remove chlorine and sunscreen. Reapply the helmet when the child’s head is completely dry.
Families will be asked to bring the patient to visit his or her Nicklaus Children's occupational therapist at regular intervals during the course of cranial remodeling treatment. The frequency of the visits will vary depending on the child’s age and progress. In general, visits will be scheduled as follows:
||Frenquency of Visits
|3 to 7 months
|7 to 10 months
||Every two weeks
|10 to 14 months
||Once per month
|15 months +
||Every 6-8 weeks
The schedule may change at any time depending upon the child’s needs.
How Long Cranial Remodeling Treatment Lasts
On average, treatment with the STARband ™ is completed within three to 10 months. Older infants may require a longer treatment program because growth of the head slows after 12 months of age. The result of treatment will depend on the proper use of the helmet and family compliance with treatment protocols. If you should have any questions or concerns during the course of treatment please contact your Nicklaus Children's occupational therapist.
This page was last updated on: 5/2/2018 3:34:54 PM
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Dr. Chad Perlyn is a pediatric plastic surgeon with the Division of Plastic Surgery at Nicklaus Children's Hospital. For more information, please visit nicklauschildrens.org/Craniofacial
Following an emergency C-section, Gabriela’s mother, Katherine, was shocked to see that her new baby was missing part of her face. Gabriela was born with a cleft lip and palate. Katherine researched for hours to find the best doctors to fix her daughter’s condition and came upon the craniofacial team at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.