Question: What is plagiocephaly in babies and do we need a helmet to treat the flat head? Answer: Another treatment option to restore the shape of the baby's head is OMT (osteopathic manipulation treatment), which is performed by a doctor of osteopathy (D.O.). DOs are medical doctors.
Parents seeking information on how to treat a baby's flat head syndrome or plagiocephaly often hear that a helmet is in order, but what if your baby did not have to wear one at all. Learn more about how a doctor of osteopathy can gently treat a flat head with osteopathic manipulation treatment.
Parents can feel despaired or blame themselves when their babies have plagiocephaly (flat head syndrome), but this is a treatable condition and Osteopathic Manipulation Treatment (OMT) is a gentle was for a doctor to treat your baby.
What is plagiocephaly? Sometimes called positional plagiocephaly or deformational plagiocephaly, it literally means flat head. This can occur in babies as a result of sleeping on their back too long, being in a tight inuterine position (sometimes seen in twins) and due to the compressive forces of birth trauma. Instead of a helmet, osteopathic manipulation treatment by a doctor of osteopathy can natural restore the shape of the baby's head.