Chrissy Teigen Reveals her son Miles Needs to Wear a Helmet to Treat His ‘Adorable Misshapen Head’
Chrissy Teigen, 33, revealed via Twitter on Monday that her 6-month-old son Miles Theodore is going to be sporting some new gear. A helmet to treat his ‘adorable misshapen head.’
“Baby miles getting fitted for a little helmet today for his adorable slightly misshapen head. so if you see pictures, don’t feel bad for him because he’s just fixing his flat and honestly he’s probably gonna be even cuter with it somehow,” Teigen tweeted.
The condition Plagiocephaly sometimes referred to as “Flat Head Syndrome” occurs when one of the soft skull plates on a child’s head flattens. The condition is not a real threat to a child’s health and is often caused when a child lays on he or she’s back too much or stays in one particular position more than others.
And Teigen is not alone in the helmet club. The condition is more common than you think. A study done in 2013 estimated 46% of babies have a degree of plagiocephaly. Once the child is prescribed the helmet adjustments are made sometimes weekly to keep up with the child’s growth and changing head shape.
Dr. Ian Mutchnick neurosurgeon with Norton Children’s Hospital and Norton Neuroscience Institute recommends, “A helmet before 6 months of age works great, between 6 and 9 months works well and really should not be considered after about 11 to 12 months.” Mutchnick went on to say, “In general, a helmet is worn for two to four months.”
Here are some other recommendations if you have a kiddo at home being treat for plagiocephaly. Implement tummy time if you haven’t already. Doctors urged parents to do tummy time daily, the activity will strengthen your child’s neck muscles.
Another option is to switch things up for your baby. If your child lays in his or her crib looking out one direction move the crib to another area of the nursery. A different view for your child will force your baby to turn his head a different way to look at his new scenery.