Yesterday Addison and I went to an office of Yale’s Children’s Hospital for an appointment with a cranio-facial plastic surgeon about the flat spot on the back of her head.
I never really thought anything of it, or noticed it much because she has so much hair.
After a great experience with the doctor, and office staff we learned that Addison has torticollis like our middle son did, which has caused the plagiocephaly. Sounds confusing, huh?
Basically, plagiocephaly is a fancy word for her head being flat.
We were given two options for treatment:
1. Physical therapy for a year with a 50% corrective rate.
2 . Home exercises, with a helmet for three months with a 85-90% corrective rate.
After talking with the doctor, APRN, and of course my husband, we decided to go with the helmet for three months. She is young right now, and it is the easiest option for her, with the highest success rate, and hopefully we will not have to re-visit the issue later on in life.
I am glad it happened when she is this young — because the older she gets, the more she will realize how cruel people can be out in public.
I had a good cry over this, as it is not something I thought that I’d have to deal with. It’s also emotionally difficult because our family had such a hard year. But, I am turning my frown upside down for my daughter and getting into tough mommy mode to help her get all the care that she needs.
As I said on my own website, I am hoping this experience will help to mold my sons’ acceptance of children with obvious differences and make them better people as they grow. Especially my oldest, who is more aware of what is going on.
Now off to find some glittery things I can bedazzle her helmet with!