By mom Megan Noseworthy
Griffin was born nearly 2 months premature with more hair than your typical 3 year old. She was born with very little complication and was able to come home from the hospital very soon! She ate, she slept and was an all around wonderful baby! At her month 3 immunizations, our nurse alerted us to what she described as a flat spot! We had never heard of this and were really unconcerned at that time. It wasn’t until a follow up appointment that our eyes were opened to an obvious malformation of her head. Perhaps we were blinded by baby bliss or maybe it really was her hair that was able to mask the issue.
We began therapy right away and the next few months were a constant barrage of physio appointments, at home repositioning, purchases of head pillows and tortle hats and the list goes on. It became a part of our everyday to try and ensure pressure to the opposite side of her head.
Each appointment would come and go and her measurements would gradually become worse despite our best efforts. It was at this moment that panic and fear set in as a parent.
At what would be one of our final physiotherapy appointments, the topic of a cranial band was discussed. It was a no brainer for us, if there was something that could potentially correct this, we were all for it!
From that moment on things went quickly. Tests, casting, fittings and boom—a helmet!
We were warned by our physician that the first days would not be pleasant and that it would take some time to get to the 23 hours of wear per day, but luckily for us she was a complete trooper and didn’t seem phased by her new headwear!
Move forward 6 months and Griffins head shape was more perfect than I could have ever imagined and we have STARband to thank for this!
STARband has been one of the best things we could have ever done for our daughter! For any parent considering this as a method, just do it! You will not regret it!