What We Treat

Infants sometimes have flattened areas on one side or back of their heads, called deformational plagiocephaly or brachycephaly.

These conditions are typically caused by:

  • Position of the baby while in the womb
  • Amount of time a baby spends on his back–in crib, baby swing or carrier
  • Torticollis, a condition in which a neck muscle is tight and limits the baby’s head motion

The Cranial Remodeling program is for children who are 3 months to 18 months old. The conditions that we treat are:

  • Plagiocephaly: A flattening of an infant’s head on one side
  • Brachycephaly: A flattening that is mostly straight across the back of the head
  • Asymmetrical brachycephaly: An excessively wide head with asymmetry
  • Scaphocephaly: A long, narrow head

Services We Offer

  • 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.

Our Unique Approach

We combine advanced technology with a baby-friendly, family-centered approach. We answer your questions and provide you with all you need to know so that you can properly apply and care for the STARband. We will closely monitor changes in your baby’s head shape to track progress.

Many babies do not require treatment with a cranial remolding orthosis 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.