Entering my third trimester of pregnancy it became all too clear that my son didn't have enough room. I went into premature labour at 32weeks which the amazing people at Stepping Hill Hospital managed to prevent. Then a month later he was born with positional talipes which has since been corrected with physiotherapy.
He is now coming on 8months (D.O.B 31/03/2017) and as he grows we've realized the cramped conditions have also affected his skull.
He has severe plagiocephaly with brachycephaly and requires a helmet. These problems are quite common, affecting around 1 in every 5 babies at some point.
Pressure can be placed on a baby's head before it's born if things are a bit squashed in the womb or there's a lack of amniotic fluid to cushion the baby also being born prematurely. Premature babies are more likely to develop a flattened head because their skull is softer when they're born.
Helmets are not available on the NHS because they are expensive and studies have not shown a high success rate.
With this being the only treatment available- I am fundraising to pay for treatment.
The device will apply pressure to "bulging" parts of the skull and relieve pressure from other parts, potentially allowing growth in the flatter areas.
Treatment is normally started when the child's skull is still soft, usually at around 5 or 6 months old, and the device is worn almost continuously (up to 23 hours a day) for several months. As mentioned Bobby is already approaching 8 months so time is crucial.
Any little you could donate would be very much appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to read our story.
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