🎓Graduation Day🎓 was yesterday! Our little super hero made it through 6 weeks of treatment & we are so proud of him! He may be a bit confused as to why his favorite accessory is gone but doesn’t mind Mom scratching his head all the time. ❤️
Yesterday was a big day for Matís! He graduated from his Doc Band treatment after only 5 weeks (originally we were told it’d be 8 weeks). For any new parents that are hesitant or on the fence about the treatment, don’t be. It really works and It was the best decision @vanessadsalgado and I have done for our little man. I’m sure he’ll appreciate it when he gets older or at least he better! 🥊🥊 #cranialtechnologies
Liam did so well yesterday👍🏼... We had to go to cranial technologies for them to check out the shape of his head. Poor baby has an abnormal head so we have to get it back to “normal”. He is in the moderate to low-severe range for his shape. He will need to be wearing a DOC band also known as a helmet. The shape of his head luckily doesn’t effect is brain development or any neurological functions 🙌🏼 he’s been favoring his left side so much & it’s so hard to correct him, especially when he’s sleeping cause he doesn’t let me move his neck or head. We caught this early so we can get a head start on it & won’t have to wear it for a long time. Somewhere around 6 weeks but he has to wear it for 23 hours out of the day 😦 that will be fun!! #abnormalhead#helmetbaby#liamrees#cranialtechnologies
“What’s the helmet for”. Oh, the question that naturally comes with the territory of one of these bad-boys. To answer that, I’ll give the long answer. When B was a newborn, he had undiagnosed Torticollis. If you don’t know what that is, it basically just means that he couldn’t turn his head properly. He could only turn to the right, so he ended up getting a flat spot on his head, referred to as Plagiocephely. This helmet puts pressure on the side that is forming properly and has room for growth in the side of the helmet where his head needs some rounding out. Think of it as if you were pouring something into a mold. It’s just getting a proper shape - purely cosmetic. It causes him no pain and will be off within the next month or two. He has to wear this helmet for 23 hours a day, with one hour of helmet-free time that we typically use for baths, because the helmet makes his head STINK. His head is looking great though and if your baby needs a doc band, DON’T flip. It’s seriously not that bad. Cranial Technologies is where we go and they have been wonderful. But yeah, I always get questions on his helmet when I post pictures, which is totally fine, but I figured an explanation on the photo itself would be easier 😅 #plagiocephaly#docband#flathead#flatheadsyndrome#cranialtechnologies#torticollis#cranialhelmet
Hi Everyone!!! I’ve had a lot of people ask why little man has a helmet so I thought I’d take a moment to share some information!
Easton was born with a condition named Torticollis, to keep it simple he was pushing so hard for so long to get out and couldn’t he got a kink in his neck. We did some exercises and therapy to try to straighten out his neck, but ultimately he was diagnosed with plagiocephaly, more commonly known as flat head!
So here we are on this journey with his super hero helmet! For 5 weeks Easton has worn his DocBand for 23 hours a day like a champ only taking it off twice a day for 30 minutes. With about 2 weeks left in his treatment we have seen a remarkable difference in the shape of his head. Not to mention how dang adorable he looks in it!!! If anyone out there is wondering about the DocBand process or Plagiocephaly do not hesitate to reach out. Some form of plagiocephaly happens in 47% of babies, not all need treatment but it’s incredibly common. So next time you see a little one rockin one of these bad boys give them a high five for fixing their flat!-
Juliana also had an evaluation today. I didn’t think she’d need a helmet but I was wrong. She is considered moderate/severe and is also a combination of brachycephaly and plagiocephaly. She will probably only need one helmet and won’t need to wear it for as long as Jaxson may need it. Her eyes and ears are okay, but she does have flatness and an odd oval like shape to her head.
Now, to look for cute stickers/decals for their helmets!
Her face!😂 She hated that thing on her head lol.
Jaxson had his evaluation at Cranial Technologies today. This was a huge step in the right direction for him and I’m so glad we decided to go. He has a combination of plagiocephaly and brachycephaly which categorized him as a severe case. His ears and eyes are not properly aligned because of the flatness and shape of his head. The lady we spoke with told us he will probably need two helmets/bands. I’m a little sad that he will most likely still be in a helmet for his first birthday but I also know that won’t matter in the long run. What’s important is that we get his melon fixed! That way, he’ll be even cuter! 😉
Were almost two full weeks into our second band, only 8-12 left 😭😂 ***side note - if you see your newborn struggling to turn their head both ways, take them to a chiropractor because torticolis is how this developed. Had we realized it earlier and fixed the root of the problem, we wouldn’t be dealing with helmet head for the next few months 🙄 the more you know. #plagiocephaly#plagiocephalyawareness#flathead#torticolis#docband#cranialtechnologies
No, Dean did not suddenly become a spaceman! We’ve known this would happen for a while now, but we went in yesterday to get Dean checked out for a helmet! He’s got a little lumpy bumpy head that needs to be rounded out!
This is likely caused by a combo of back sleeping, and his position in utero.
Now, before you freak out, say you’re sorry, and you’re praying for us or whatever. Please keep in mind that this isn’t really that big of a deal. Even if we did NOTHING to correct his head shape, it would not effect his development. His brain is just fine lol, he’s just a little lumpy boy 😂
Where it would effect him in the future would be if he wanted to keep his hair short... or if he’s forced to because of his Groen genes, it would be very obvious. He would also likely have issues with glasses/sun glasses/hats as his ears are not symmetrical currently.
We’re looking at anywhere between 3 and 6 months of 23 hour a day helmet use!
I’m sure you’ll all be seeing lots of pics of our little helmet boy soon!
Happy Mr Abram before heading out to work! I don’t do shout outs but darn it I’m doing it now....
@luhmis has been the most amazing daddy to our little heart warrior! There’s changes to something every day and bubba has 3-5 appts per week! Brad typically handles all of that and does it without any complaints! 💕 We couldn’t have hoped for a more amazing daddy and husband!!! Love bluhmdals thank you for getting through the heavy and enjoying the happy with me! #heartwarrior#chdstrong#fixingmyflat#cranialtechnologies