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Will your baby sleep wearing a helmet?

Did you know that twins are more likely to have positional plagiocephaly (flat head syndrome) than singletons?

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Makes sense, right? They have less room to move and often get stuck in one position during the later months of gestation.

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For a lot of families, torticollis and flat head syndrome lead to helmet wear. Insert cute photo of a baby in a helmet 😊 And without treatment, can affect the symmetry of gross motor skills like vision and balance.

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For us, we were able to skip the helmet, and that was only because we were already seeing a specialist who diagnosed it very early. As first time parents, we didn’t realize that our daughter would constantly lie with her head looking to the right. A common indicator that torticollis (tight tendon) is present. This picture shows the therapist stretching out the tendon to exercise it/loosen it to allow her head to move more freely.

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Many times torticollis goes unnoticed until around 6 months, just in time for that lovely flat spot to become concerning. I see many parents so fearful of helmets, because they believe it will disrupt their child’s sleep...which I 100% relate too as we went through months and now years of therapy, bracing and castings for uni-lateral talipes.

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I’m here to tell you that you CAN have a good sleeper even when these types of therapies and devices are required for your child. Can you sleep train while wearing a helmet? You bet you can! 🙌🏼

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Healthy sleep habits and routines can start as early as newborn which helps make these BIG changes less disrupting.

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Please share how you have overcome helmet wear or boots and bar wear with your little one. . . . . . #helmetwear #torticollis #helmetbaby #babyhelmet #plagiocephaly #flathead #sleeptraining #sttn #physicaltherapy #talipes #clubfoot

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