Frequently Asked Questions


One of the biggest differences is the One Headband Guarantee! The STARband is the only cranial remolding orthosis in the industry to guarantee only one headband is needed to treat over 98% of patients with deformational plagiocephaly or brachycephaly. The integrity of the STARband design allows for full correction of the head shape with the ability for adjustments throughout the entire treatment period. This gives our clinical partners the ability to make strategic treatment decisions at every visit to achieve the best outcomes for each patient.

Yes! There are many creative examples of decorated bands on the internet, as well as options to have your baby’s STARband custom painted. Your STARband provider may be aware of an artist in your area, or you can search the Etsy shops for ideas!


The STARband also includes a variety of pattern options that can be printed directly onto the helmet.

Check out our transfer guides to see examples of the patterns on the STARband. The patterns are added to each individual band and may stretch in the process, so the layout may not look exactly like the images here.


The cranial band should be cleaned once per day. Parents often find time during the hour the band is off during bath time. Your clinician may instruct you to clean more frequently depending on skin sensitivity and other environmental factors.

Spray 91% isopropyl alcohol into the headband and wipe down with a clean cloth or paper towel and allow the headband to dry completely. More information here.

Most rashes are easily resolved by keeping the band clean and dry with an increased cleaning schedule. Clean the band with 91% isopropyl alcohol two times per day: (1) at the first diaper change in the morning, and (2) just before bedtime in the evening. Also, wipe out the band with a damp paper towel and pat dry at each diaper change during the day. Be sure to check the skin and wipe your baby’s head down with a damp paper towel and pat dry each time you take the band off.

Always contact your STARband orthotist for clinical guidance any time there is increasing redness or a rash that lasts longer than an hour when the band is removed. Do not use any lotions or oils on your child’s head unless recommended by your orthotist or physician.

You can still enjoy your outdoor summer activities! Keeping your baby lightly dressed in a onesie and minimizing time in the direct sun with the STARband will keep your baby cool while continuing with the full-time 23-hour per day wearing schedule in the summer. Wiping the band out with a damp paper towel and wiping your baby’s head at each diaper change will keep your baby’s skin clean and dry.

Follow these tips to keep your baby cool this summer!

  • Stay out of direct sunlight
  • Wear thin, loose-fitting clothing made out of natural fiber
  • Stroller fan or small handheld fan
  • Spray hands and feet with misting spray bottle
  • Stay hydrated—this means you too!
  • Wet a towel with cool water
  • Avoid being outside between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


This will vary across the country and depends on many factors such as insurance coverage. The best way of determining the cost is to schedule an appointment at your local STARband clinic for an evaluation. The cost of the STARband most often includes the scans and appointments needed to evaluate, fit, and maintain the orthosis throughout the course of treatment.

Every insurance plan is different. The most accurate way of checking to see if the helmet will be covered is to call your insurance and inquire about the benefits available to you and your child. The standard revenue billing code is S1040 - Cranial remolding orthosis. The most commonly used diagnoses codes are Q67.3 for plagiocephaly and Q75.0 for craniosynostosis. Be sure to ask your insurance representative if the helmet is covered for deformational or positional skull deformities, or after surgery if your child has craniosynostosis.

Each orthosis is billed as a separate charge. The good news is that greater than 98% of patients complete treatment of a deformational head shape in only ONE STARband! So you don’t need to worry about paying for a second helmet!

Click the "Locations" button on the top right of this website or email us at [email protected] to find a clinic in your area!