A little update about Lincoln’s helmet and physical therapy!
You all may remember I wrote about Lincoln’s cranial band in the past. And, if you follow me on instagram and watch my stories, you’ve definitely noticed his chic baby accessory! Since I last updated you, Lincoln’s head shape has improved dramatically. However, we still had some work to do. So, our physical therapist, who also takes care of Lincoln’s orthotic, aka his helmet, recommended we get a second helmet. Each helmet is made to last about 16 weeks, and Lincoln grew a lot during this time. His first helmet had essentially effected as much change as it could. We had already come such a long way on this journey, so it was definitely hard to hear. But, it was necessary for him and we decided on a second helmet without hesitation.
When determining the need for a cranial band, measurements of the head are taken to see if they fall within the “normal” range. There are many different head-shape issues, and I really only know about Lincoln’s. So, in our case, Lincoln’s plagiocephaly had significantly improved, but still not enough. He also has flatness on the back of his head which still needed some work. On top of it all, we are still continuing his physical therapy to work out his torticollis in his neck. When I look back on everything we have gone through, things are much easier than they used to be. Lincoln is almost walking and the helmet actually really helps with all the bumps and falls!
Now that Lincoln is almost nine months old (I KNOW! where did the time go?!), he has started noticing his helmet more and more. Sometimes he does try to pull it off. Not because it bothers him, but because he is curious about it. He also loves to try to open the velcro on the side that holds it in place. Fortunately, he isn’t quite strong enough to actually undo it.
So, what are the differences in the cranial helmets?
Well, each helmet was made from a mold of Lincoln’s head, so we started at a very different point this time around. From the outside, the helmet looks generally the same. Of course, it’s a bit bigger because he is bigger. Pictures were taken before the first and second helmet and it is really interesting to see the huge change in Lincoln’s head.
At our particular office, Carolina Kinder Development, the helmets are made from a mold of Lincoln’s head. We sit Lincoln on a table, put a stocking over his head (it has a hole for the face!). And basically paper mache-type sheets are placed on his head and conformed to it’s shape. It dries really quickly so it only took about 15 minutes. The mold is then cut off his head and sent off for the helmet to be made.
And speaking of Carolina Kinder Development, we have had the best experience there. Lincoln’s physical therapist has watched Lincoln grow up since he was about 10 weeks old and he loves to see her every week. The people who work there are so kind and patient and caring. We have felt like we really are important to them and I couldn’t recommend the more if you live in Charlotte. (And no, I wasn’t paid to say this!)
Being a mom has so many challenges, but it is the best feeling in the world. Lincoln has certainly experienced more than most babies, but he is the happiest and sweetest little boy. I love seeing how determined he is in physical therapy and I know that he can accomplish so much. Hopefully he will be helmet-free by February and we can see his luscious locks more often!
photography by paige winn photo