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.
OMT has been shown to help babies with constipation as well as colic. It has also been shown to be beneficial for patients with plagiocephaly (flat-head syndrome), torticolis (wry neck) and otitis media (ear infections). It is a holistic treatment by a physician.
Some of our plagiocephaly patients' parents said they felt like they failed their child. Nothing could be further than the truth. Sometimes safe sleeping positions can result in flat-head syndrome. OMT performed by a doctor of osteopathy is a safe, natural treatment.
Parents of babies with plagiocephaly or flat head syndrome have told us they feel like a failure! Don't blame yourself and know this is a treatable condition. Your baby also does not have to wear a helmet. A doctor of osteopathy can treat flat-head syndrome with OMT. Dr. Payel Banik has a family practice in Houston, Osteopathic Healing Hands.