Clean the STARband orthosis once or twice per day with rubbing alcohol—once in the morning while dressing the baby and once in the evening at bath time.
Use 91% alcohol in a spray bottle
Spray the orthosis well and scrub it with a white paper towel or soft toothbrush
Take time to remove the orthosis at diaper changes and wipe the inside of the orthosis and the baby’s head with a damp paper towel.
Pat both dry and return the orthosis to the baby’s head.
Keeping the STARband as clean as possible will help to prevent as well as heal an existing skin irritation. Cranial remolding orthoses provide significant coverage over a baby’s head and therefore sweat and perspiration can be expected, especially during the first few weeks of wear. Infants living in hot and/or humid climates will benefit from multiple cleanings each day. Keep in mind that the treatment is time limited (e.g. 3 – 6 months) and it’s always better to clean and rinse too much rather than too little.
Tips to avoid skin irritation
NO OINTMENTS OR LOTIONS
Do not apply any sort of lotion or ointment to the baby’s head. Nothing should be used unless specifically instructed by the orthotist or physician.
Use an unscented shampoo. Anything with an added scent can be an irritant when wearing a Cranial Remolding Orthosis.