My boy has a funky noggin. Hey, is it my fault he decided to sleep in the same position for weeks at a time? Okay, maybe it is my fault. So here’s the scoop: Boo Boo was diagnosed with positional plagiocephaly, a fancy name for “flattened head syndrome.” Personally, I find it somewhat odd that a syndrome has been assigned to the result of my child’s preference to turn his head to one side. To be fair, the flattening can have other causes, but in Boo Boo’s case, it was a sleeping preference. It looked something like this:
In any event, the noggin is funky. Check it out:
We tried “repositioning therapy” (fancy name for turning the kid’s head to the other side) for six weeks, but it didn’t make much of a difference. Solution? Boo Boo wears a helmet (a Hanger cranial band). Yeah, they try to call it a cranial band, but there’s nothing band-like about this puppy. This is what my guy looks like in his helmet (showing me a little cereal love, too):
He’s been going strong wearing it full-time for two weeks now. And just in case you think full-time means eight hours a day, you are so very wrong. Try twenty-three. 23. Twenty plus three. HOURS. It’s delightful. He’s been a champ about it, though. And today we took him to have his first set of measurements after wearing the contraption. Helmet Head rocked it out! He went from a 13 mm discrepancy down to 8 mm! That’s a huge improvement (and unlikely to occur ever again, we were told…spoilers). But who the hell cares? My kid’s head grew! Progress! Ya-freakin-hoo!
Now it’s time for the next step, which is blinging this thing out. I found a really cool company that makes custom vinyl decals for cranial bands. (By the way, some versions do actually look like bands; they’re made by other companies.) Can’t decide yet what I want Boo Boo’s helmet to look like…thinking of going with some monkeys. Whatever I decide, I’ll be sure to post photos! And just in case your little nugget is rockin’ a helmet head, too, here’s the link to the Bling Your Band (yes, that’s really what it’s called) blog: http://www.blingyourband.blogspot.com. Happy blinging!