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.
Plagiocephaly, or flat-head syndrome, in babies has been on the rise, and is often associated with babies sleeping on their backs. Some parents want to avoid putting their baby in a helmet for treatment. There is a medical alternative with osteopathy.
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.
Baby helmets are commonly used to treat plagiocephaly, or when a baby has a flat head. Many parents feel guilty for the condition, even if they were protecting their baby by placing him or her on their back to sleep for safety's sake. But, there is an alternative to having your baby wear a helmet. Learn more about osteopathic manipulation treatment and the care provided by Dr. Payel Banik of Osteopathic Healing Hands in Houston, Texas.
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.