From the old boards (which reminds me, I had a great resource thread for plagiocephaly on the old boards, I'll recreate one and post it later today) I talked about how my son Trey has plagiocephaly.
What is that? It's when a babys head has constant pressure in one spot and creates a pretty bad flat spot, which throws other areas of the skull outta whack so it's not round any more, and if bad enough (Fortunately Trey's isn't this bad) it can start to shift the features on the face and the ears and make the entire head deformed and assymmetrical.
Trey's is still not round though, and we have the option of putting him in a custom head band that would put pressure on the other spots of the head to round it out. I belong to a plagiocephaly board and the other parents had great successes with the band. We've been to 3 appts with a neurosurgeon, and he agreed that Trey's plagio was moderate but he really only recommended banding those who were on their way to deformities, but left it up to us because he said it would help, if we wanted to do it.
I really want to get him banded just because I know it would give us better results then just trying to do it ourselves, but hubby isn't sure and my parents are deadset against the idea, they sit there and roll their eyes whenever I talk about it, and talk behind my back to everyone else in my family about how I'm so 'anal in my parenting' and going to extremes over nothing.
I notice his head shape though, and other people have too. It's really kind of oddshaped and if I notice it now, what if kids notice it when he's older? He already has a bigger head then most children to the point where strangers come up and instead of saying 'cute baby' they say 'whoah.. big head!'. If his head is such a focal point, is it really that bad to want to make it as normal looking as possible?
Everyone on the plagio board has seen pictures of Trey and they recommend banding him. They say that if it bugs me this much right now, and we miss our little window of opportunity (the skull bones are malleable right now but will be hardening soon) that I'll regret it forever and I'll always wish I had done more.
I don't know what to do though. It's a BIG commitment, it requires appointments to look for improvement every 2 weeks, it requires Treyton wearing a big plastic head band for 23 hours a day, from anywhere between 5 weeks to 5 months. I'm so fucking confused. Our appointment to order his custom headband is July 5th so I have to make up my mind soon. Do you guys think I'm being unreasonable though? If it was a girl I'd probably not do it, because she'd have long hair that would hide it, but Trey's a boy and will probably prefer short hair, and it's really noticeable with short hair :(