RESTORE OPC is proud to be an industry leader in Cranial Remolding Orthotic treatment, guiding families through repositioning and/or orthotic treatment to provide the best results for each patient.
If you recognize that your baby has a flat spot or abnormal head shape, the first thing you should do is talk to your pediatrician. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that pediatricians evaluate the baby’s head at each visit from the top, both sides, the front, and the back. The AAP also recommends that pediatricians discuss repositioning and the importance of “tummy time”.
When your baby is awake and supervised, “tummy time” is a good way to take pressure off the flattened areas, build strong neck and trunk muscles, and will help your baby learn to roll, sit, and crawl when the time comes.
If there is a neck muscle imbalance or a delay in development, your pediatrician may refer your baby to a therapist for physical or occupational therapy. The pediatrician may also recommend that a pediatric neurosurgeon or craniofacial specialist assess your baby’s head shape to ensure that the sutures are all open and to check for any other skull shape disorders.
If the head shape does not improve between the ages of four to six months, it may be time to consider a cranial remolding orthosis, better known as a helmet or band.
RESTORE OPC Experience
RESTORE OPC uses the CHOA and Argenta clinical classification scales to determine treatment necessity. Both of these scales have been peer reviewed and established as reliable and repeatable for determining severity of presentation for Deformational Plagiocephaly.
Depending on age and severity of presentation, we will recommend conservative treatments to try and resolve deformational plagiocephaly naturally. Such conservative treatments include directed repositioning, increased tummy time, and initiation of physical therapy.
We are able to achieve successful completion of treatment for nearly all plagiocephaly patients with ONE HELMET — a significant cost savings to parents and payers compared to other providers who may suggest the use of multiple helmets.
Our Cranial Specialists
RESTORE OPC clinicians are certified, licensed professionals. They have specific training and continuing education to focus on the demands of this specialty and the needs their patients. Our reputation in the markets we serve is one of excellence. We are the preferred provider for neuro and plastic surgeons across the East Coast and Texas with a history of shorter and more effective treatment outcomes than other cranial providers. Effective treatment is not just about fitting the orthosis, it is about close follow-up and adjustments as needed throughout treatment to ensure the orthosis continues to fit appropriately as your child grows. Our clinical protocols are designed for the best outcomes in mind for each patient.
RESTORE OPC clinicians are specially trained to modify the helmet during treatment to ensure continued fit and function of the helmet.
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Tummy time is counted as any time a baby is not on his or her back or in a positioner. Based on research, the goal for tummy time is an hour per the age in months up to 4 months. For example, a 2 month old should, in theory, be able to tolerate 2 hours of tummy time in a day. That is not to say that anyone expects you to be able to reach this goal every day, nor does it mean that you must spend 2 hours straight trying to keep your baby on his or her belly. The objective is to try, throughout the course of the day, to encourage tummy time up to the clinical goal during the first 4 months, or until your baby can roll off of his or her belly. Actual Tummy Time on a play mat can be hard for your baby, who is trying to hold his or her approximately 3 lb head up against the force of gravity. In addition, tummy time can be boring for your baby and you, so make it fun and try to keep your baby out of his or her positioner as much as possible. We have found that the best practice for accomplishing this goal is making Tummy Time a part of your day.
Lay the baby across your lap while at the doctor’s office or waiting for table at a restaurant
Carry the baby facing out so the child has to extend the cervical spine to see the world
Lay the baby tummy to tummy on the parent’s chest after work each day. This also encourages bonding, and is a visually appropriate distance so the child can actually see his or her parent.