Summary: Ben doesn’t need to wear a helmet!
We must have something going on in our genes.
Son #1 (Finn) had surgery for craniosyntosis when he was 1. It’s a condition where the skull fuses too soon and growth is restricted.
Son #2 (Stephen) We had no concerns with his head.
Son #3 (Sam) is still being evaluated for possible craniosyntosis and/or abnormal head shape. Follow up appointment this summer still.
Son #4 (Ben) was evaluated today. We knew he didn’t have full-blown craniosyntosis due to head CT scans last fall; his skull hadn’t fused yet. But our pediatrician was still concerned about his head shape. So, off to the Helmet Clinic to be evaluated. That was today.
A Physical Therapist evaluated him first and she had no concerns at all. She was looking to see if he was (in general) meeting his milestones – particularly around head & body movement – things his head and neck muscles would influence. He’s meeting them (even crawling and quite mobile).
Then the Surgeon came in with 2 of the nurses to evaluate him. They looked at his head shape and reviewed the CT Scan. He had no concerns at all. Ben doesn’t have a flat spot on the back of his head (which could be fixed by a helmet). Ben doesn’t have an irregular forehead where one side would protrude farther than the other (which could also be helped by a helmet).
Ben’s head shape is symmetrical – it’s just really long. You can measure it and it’d still measure just as “long” as any other baby’s. But it’s shaped like a football instead of more like a basketball. Long instead of round. It isn’t distracting or anything. We all feel that as he gets older, it’ll get even milder. Let him grow some hair. Let the hair get darker and you probably won’t even notice it. No helmet for him!