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Plagiocephaly Assessment

Recent research indicates plagiocephaly, also known as flat head syndrome, occurs in almost 1 in 2 babies.

Plagiocephaly is characterised by abnormal flattening to the baby’s head and can be noticeable from birth, or can present itself in the first few months of life.

If you have noticed any areas of flatness or you are concerned about the condition of your child’s head shape, for peace of mind a plagiocephaly assessment using the SmartSoc™ will objectively measure and evaluate the severity level in babies. The SmartSoc™ system uses a patented technology called CurveCapture™ to convert 2D images into 3D models.  

After applying the SmartSoc™ cranial 'sock' to your child’s head, the orthotist will take images at different angles using the highly accurate CurveCapture™ application.  This is a handheld device which means your child can stay comfortably on your lap during the scan.

After the photos are taken, the patterns in the images will be extracted by the software and used to create the 3D data of the surface of the body part.  The orthotist will highlight to you any areas of concern.  You can view a short video here 

A visit to our clinic will not automatically result in a decision to have your baby fitted for a helmet.  STARband™ helmet treatment is only offered in cases where re-positioning has failed; this is assessed on a case by case basis and in some cases our orthotists often determine that no orthotic intervention is needed.

Next steps...

If you have noticed a flat spot on your baby’s head we advise you speak to your GP / Health Visitor in the first instance to rule out any other conditions.

If after a period of re-positioning you do not see any improvements and would like to book a plagiocephaly assessment to find out the severity levels and help put your mind at ease, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.  The assessment is free of charge. 

Our approach is simple: earlier detection, increased awareness and education for parents - support our awareness campaign here and help spread the word!

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