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Oh no! I see a flat spot on my baby’s head!!

So many parents face this situation and suddenly begin to panic, but rest assured this is a common problem and can often be resolved without extreme measures.

The frequency of this concern for parents began to increase in 1992 when the “Back to Sleep” campaign suggested lying an infant on their back in their crib instead of on their tummy in effort to decrease the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).  While the American Academy of Pediatrics does feel the campaign has led to decreased instances of SIDS (1),other research indicates a correlation in the rise of plagiocephaly (flat spots) (2) due to the campaign. Nevertheless, some feel this is a small price to pay for keeping infants alive.

It would be shortsighted to place all the blame on the “Back to Sleep” campaign though.  Numerous other factors can be at play such as a restrictive uterine environment, torticollis (muscle stiffness in the neck), infant carriers, bouncy seats and swings (3) to name a few.  While some of these factors may be avoided, others are entirely out of a parent’s control.

The article below from kidshealth.org has great information on positional plagiocephaly, along with some excellent tips for repositioning techniques that may solve the problem without medical intervention.

http://kidshealth.org/parent/growth/sleep/positional_plagiocephaly.html#

At EastPoint Prosthetics and Orthotics, we offer advanced scanning technology for cranial shaping helmets.  Unlike some other methods that can be uncomfortable or scary for your child, our kinderBAND™ scanner can be used while your child is sitting on your lap!  If you have any concerns, talk with your child’s doctor for a prescription to get a scan. We have an excellent track record of successful outcomes.  Most parents of our patients feel the sacrifice of time spent in the cranial helmet far outweighs the future benefits for their child.  While there are some who may dispute the need or effectiveness of this process, we have seen the proof in our own patients.  Here is an additional resource explaining effectiveness of the cranial reshaping process. http://www.oandp.com/articles/2014-08_04.asp

For more information about our Raleigh area cranial helmet provider, you can call (919) 844-7897. 

For our Eastern NC cranial helmet provider, call (252) 522-3278. 

 

Cited Sources:

1. http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/Profile-of-SIDS-Risk-Shifts-After-Launch-of-Back-to-Sleep-Campaign.aspx

2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9086896

3.http://www.cranialtech.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=72:plagiocephaly-causes&catid=37:what-is-plagiocephaly&Itemid=79

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Helpful Tips for New Amputees

For someone who has recently lost a limb, this unexpected new road is often paved with confusion, frustration, and fear. Likely, it’s a journey you never anticipated; a challenge that seems almost insurmountable. Yet somehow, from deep inside, the courage begins to rise, your resolve strengthens, and eventually you realize this can become a new beginning; a chance to prove to yourself your own strength. As your determination grows, you become encouraged, little by little, that once again life will again be full of opportunities. You CAN enjoy an active life. You will continue to face challenges, but you will also continue to find solutions and strength.

One of the most important things to remember as you embark on the road ahead is that you are not alone. While your immediate friends and family may not fully comprehend the wide array of emotions you feel, there is a great network of amputees that do understand. Two excellent amputee support groups in the greater Raleigh area are:

TAG – Triangle Amputee Group
They meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6-7:30pm at Café 3
Stedman Building
Duke Center for Living Campus
3475 Erwin Rd., Durham, NC 27705
You can find out more on their website: http://www.triangleamputeesupport.org

WakeMed Amputee Support Group
They meet the 3rd Wednesday of each month from
4 to 5:00pm
WakeMed Raleigh Campus Rehab Conference Rm # 2
Rehabilitation Hospital
3000 New Bern Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27610
For information, call 919-350-8903

We also encourage you to read the tips in this article from The National Amputee Foundation. It offers such fantastic suggestions for managing the practical, day-to-day challenges you face. Please take the time to read it if you can.
http://home.comcast.net/~n2fc/natamp/tips.html

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Inspirational quotes: Nov. 4 – Nov. 8, 2013

Did you miss any of our recent inspirational quotes? Whether you did or are just looking for an extra dose of motivation, check out the five quotes we loved the week of Nov. 4!

Monday, Nov. 4, 2013

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” – Helen Keller

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013

“There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” – Aristotle 
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Inspirational quotes: Oct. 7 – Oct. 11, 2013

Did you miss any of our recent inspirational quotes? Whether you did or are just looking for an extra dose of motivation, check out the five quotes we loved the week of Oct. 7!

Monday, Oct. 7, 2013

“Every day is an opportunity to change things for the better.” – Michael Pivec

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013

“Remove failure as an option and your chances for success become infinitely better.” – Joan Lunden
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Inspirational quotes: Aug. 12 – Aug. 16, 2013

Did you miss any of our inspirational quotes from last week? Whether you did or are just looking for an extra dose of motivation, check out the five quotes we loved the week of Aug. 12!

Monday, Aug. 12, 2013

“A human being can alter their life by altering their attitude.” – William James

Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013

“A loving heart is the truest wisdom.” – Charles Dickens
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