A dramatic rise in positional plagiocephaly
has been noted over the last decade. Methods for treating and following outcomes are varied. We present our results from a passive soft helmet
molding therapy using a surface scanning laser
to provide objective outcomes.
One hundred seventy-five infants with positional plagiocephaly
were treated at our institution over a 6-month period. The helmets used were soft foam helmets modified to fit each patient. Results were measured using a three-dimensional surface scanning laser
and objective measurements of asymmetry. Compliance was also documented.
The scanning laser
allowed for objective measurements of symmetry over time and was useful in following outcomes. Improvement in head shape was noted after about 4 months of therapy. Patients who were more compliant with therapy achieved better results.
Use of the three-dimensional scanning laser
and objective scoring system shows significant improvement in patients who were compliant with helmet