If you follow me on social media, you may have noticed Layla sporting a fancy helmet. We’ve gotten a lot of questions about the helmet, mostly why she’s wearing it. Well, our pediatrician noticed that Layla’s head was very round, not oval like it is supposed to be. This can be caused by her position in the womb or from laying on her back as an infant. So she recommended we have her evaluated for a DOC band (the helmet).
The DOC band specialist said that Layla had a mild/moderate case of Brachycephaly. Had she not worn the band, the largest consequence would have been trouble finding hats and bike helmets that fit correctly. Since we had already met our family deductible for the year, we figured it we should just go for it!
The band did not bother Layla one little bit. It is light as a feather so she barely knew it was there. Although, this was also the time where she was getting much more mobile, so she was bonking her head everywhere. The helmet gave her a little layer of protection from the edge of the coffee table!
The band doesn’t put any pressure on her skull, it only stops her skull from growing a certain direction, changing the shape of her head.
And since she had to wear the band 23 hours a day (1 hour off for bathing), we had to make it cute! I decorated it with stickers sealed with clear nail polish…easy peasy.
She wore the helmet for 3 months and now she’s done! The doctor’s office took before and after pictures for us so that we could see the changes the helmet made.
She did it! Her first graduation!