Before and after treatment photos
The DOC Band® is the only custom cranial helmet supported by nearly 35 years of documented outcomes. It’s been used to safely and successfully treat approximately 175,000 babies with plagiocephaly. Below are actual before and after photos of infants treated with the band at various ages for one of three abnormal head shapes.
Plagiocephaly head shape
- Head is flat on one side
- Head shape resembles a parallelogram
Brachycephaly head shape
- Head is wider than it is long
- Back of head is flat rather than curved
Scaphocephaly head shape
- Head is long and narrow
What results might I expect from the DOC Band?
While the DOC Band has proven results, every baby’s case is unique. As you consider your baby’s potential outcome, there are a few key factors to keep in mind. Your baby’s age, the severity of her or his condition, and the consistency with which you follow the recommended treatment regimen will all influence the final outcome.
Research has shown that the earlier treatment starts, the faster results can be achieved and the better overall outcome can be.
- In children under five months old, changes can be seen within the first week of wearing the band 23 hours a day.
- In children under 12 months old, changes can be seen within the first two weeks of treatment.
- In children over 12 months old, changes can be seen within the first 2 to 3 weeks of treatment.
As with any condition, the more severe the form of plagiocephaly, the more complex it will be to correct. For this reason, it’s especially important that babies with severe plagiocephaly begin treatment as early as possible.
In order to achieve the best possible results for your baby, it’s important that everyone who cares for your child understands and carefully follows all treatment protocols. The DOC Band should be worn 23 hours a day, growth adjustments should be made regularly, and if needed, your baby’s neck muscles should be stretched and exercised daily. Learn more about torticollis, a neck condition affecting over 80% of plagiocephaly patients.
Deciding what’s right for your baby
At Cranial Technologies, we’re dedicated to providing the best possible care for every baby we see. Our highly specialized and knowledgeable clinicians are available to meet with you for a free evaluation. You’ll leave with a better understanding of your baby’s head shape, including a recommendation to treat with the DOC Band or not, and a detailed report from our sophisticated, patented DSi® equipment to discuss with your pediatrician.