You can read all the previous updates here:
One Week Update: What is Plagiocephaly
One Month Update: What Happens During Appointments
So, I realized (after someone messaged me on Facebook at the start of their Plagiocephaly journey) that I never did an official blog update once Ryan’s treatment concluded. I had shared on Facebook & Instagram, but now, here I am, one month later, providing an official update.
When we went to Ryan’s second to last appointment, they mentioned that he could be graduating the next time. At that point, he had the helmet on for 6 weeks and I was shocked that it would be over so quickly. With his fitting for the helmet, they anticipated 12 weeks because of the timing of when he’d have it put on. Typically, the baby’s heads form so quickly up till about 6 months, and then it starts to slow down. They suggest having the helmet put on prior to 5 months old, and we missed that by about 2 weeks.
Call me a realist, but I didn’t want to get excited about the idea of Ryan finishing up early. I didn’t want to set myself up for disappointment, even though I could tell during his 1 hour breaks that there was such a huge improvement. My mom went with me for the potential final appointment where they would do the full photo scan like they did for his fitting.
From one appointment to the next – Cranial Technologies in Pasadena purchased this awesome activity truck! (affiliate link – Amazon – KidKraft Activity Truck) It’s on our possible Christmas gift list!
We got him undressed down to his diaper and went into the room where the 5 cameras are set up.
Us acting goofy after his photo scan. The cap he’s wearing helps to keep all the little baby hairs & ears from distracting the true photograph of his head shape. You’ll see in the following photos how this helps!
After the scan we went in the waiting room and he received his first diploma!
His tech said that he was so improved that they were confident he was ready to graduate and no longer need to wear the DOC band. I was so happy! She then proceeded to share with us some side-by-side comparisons from his first imaging scan to the one that day.
It’s crazy to see how much change happened in such a short time. His head is not perfectly symmetrical, but it’s super close – which is how all of us are! She explained the symmetry that now occurs with his eyes, cheeks, mouth and ears and also the volume that came for the front/forehead part of his skull.
Night and day, right? I’m so glad that we went through this process. At first it was honestly for vanity – to make sure he didn’t have a misshaped head. But after going to the consultation, we learned how much the asymmetry can affect him throughout the rest of his life – difficulty wearing hats/helmets and glasses, respiratory problems, vision problems. It’s crazy!
If you have any questions, please feel free to message me. I spoke with someone ahead of our fitting and asked her a lot of questions. I think it helped to lower my fear & anxiety with the process. I like to know things. I’ve met a few other moms online and I am so willing to talk more! Thank you for all your support and if you found this because of your little one’s upcoming journey – be strong! It’s harder on you than it is on him! I promise