Mom explains the real reason why Chrissy Teigen's baby has to wear a special helmet
Chrissy Teigen has recently been sharing a number of pictures of her little baby wearing a teeny-tiny helmet on Instagram; something which has bemused and amused a number of Instagram users. Why is she doing this? Well as it turns out, baby Miles has been fitted with a special helmet to correct his slightly-mishapen head. Now another mother, who has a child with the same issue, has opened up about her own daughter's 'flat head' - which has also required a helmet to fix.
When Evelyn Helmick was four weeks old, her mom Lindsay (who hails from Winterson in England) noticed that her head was flatter on one side then the other, and was unable to turn her head. Concerned, Lindsay googled her daughter's symptoms, was disturbed by the results. She took Evelyn to visit a craniosacral fascial therapist and realised that she could follow Chrissy Teigen's lead and get Evelyn her own helmet.
Credit: Press AssociationCommenting on her child's condition, Lindsey stated: "I brushed it aside as just 'first-time mummy anxiety' and carried on as normal, until I felt like I had to go with my gut and check with a specialist just to be safe. And when I Googled ‘my baby’s head is flat,’ the first thing that came up was plagiocephaly and brachycephaly – or flat head syndrome, which I’d never heard of. I went to Technology in Motion, a company suggested by other mums online, to get the helmet, as it wasn’t available on the NHS since they stopped supplying it three years ago as they believe it was only a cosmetic issue."
She added: "We spoke to the specialists and were shown a 3D screening of Evelyn’s head, compared to a normal child’s. The difference was quite shocking. I knew there and then I had to get her the right treatment ... There are so many different things I’ve heard about flat head syndrome and the possible consequences of not treating it. It can affect cognitive functions, such as speech, but it can also be purely cosmetic. Either way, I wanted to fix it, as I couldn’t stand the thought of Evelyn one day being bullied for having a different shaped head, once she hit her teens."
However, the practice isn't condoned by all doctors, and some people doubt the effectiveness of the helmet treatment. For instance, the NHS' official website states: "These helmets and headbands generally aren’t recommended because there isn’t clear evidence to suggest they work. They often cause problems such as skin irritation and rashes. They’re expensive, typically costing around £2,000. Your baby will need to be checked every few weeks to monitor their head growth and make any necessary adjustments and they may be uncomfortable and distressing for your baby."
So if you are considering getting your own tot to wear one of these helmets then please consult a doctor first.