The Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Orthotics and Prosthetics Program offers specialized care from an experienced pediatric team. We provide comprehensive assessment and education by a board-certified orthotist/prosthetist and education on developmentally appropriate ways to encourage self-correction. Plagiocephaly treatment may include:
- Watchful observation
- Physician therapy
- Cranial remolding helmet
Half of our patients who are referred for evaluation do not require a helmet due to our focus on education, monitoring and team treatment. If a cranial remolding helmet is needed, it is our goal to complete treatment with one helmet. We answer your questions and provide you with all you need to know so that you can properly apply and care for your child's helmet. We will closely monitor changes in your baby’s head shape to track progress.
Many babies do not require treatment with a cranial remolding helmet because they respond well to repositioning techniques caregivers can practice at home. With a prescription from your doctor, we are happy to offer an initial assessment at no charge.
Learn more about repositioning techniques and Tummy Time Tools
- The STARscanner™: Records three-dimensional (3-D) information about your baby’s head shape. It’s safe, non-invasive and takes less than two seconds to complete. The scan provides data that our orthotists and doctors use to monitor changes in head shape. The STARscanner eliminates the need for making plaster casts of the infant’s head.
- The STARband™ cranial remolding orthosis: A thermoplastic shell with a soft foam liner, custom-molded to your baby’s head shape. The STARscanner scan provides the information needed to create a custom-made shell for your child. As the child grows, the orthosis acts as a guide to gradually allow the head to reshape. Most babies adjust easily to wearing a helmet.