Fixing plagiocephaly, or a flat spot on the head, may mean the baby has to wear a helmet

DENVER - Have you ever seen a baby wearing a helmet?

It may be to fix plagiocephaly.

7NEWS Meteorologist Lisa Hidalgo's second child, Mina, has plagiocephaly -- a flat spot on her head.

"She favored one side of her head from birth and as a result...has a flat head," Hidalgo explained on her Facebook page. "It's becoming more and more common now that we lay our kids on their backs all the time (in fear of SIDS)."

Hidalgo shared a picture of Mina in her helmet on Facebook to let viewers know why Mina was wearing the helmet and to raise awareness.
"I thought I would share this picture with the hope of helping out someone else," Hildalgo explained. "I've had numerous mothers approach me with questions about their babies."
Viewer Suzanne Wiley posted on Facebook that her grandson has the same thing and will get his helmet off soon.
"We call him 'Crash,'" Wiley wrote.
Kristi Wilson Warner said her son had a similar issue when he was born because he got stuck behind her pelvic bone.
"That meant the muscle on one side of his neck was super tight and he was forced to only look one way," Warner wrote on Facebook. "He wore a helmet and we had to massage his neck and he had to have physical therapy."
Hidalgo admitted she was apprehensive about the helmet and nervous about taking Mina out in public.
"I think it's important to answer people's questions and concerns," Hidalgo said. "This is becoming more and more common, so the more we know about it, the better!  I wish I had known more when she was born."
Hidalgo said Mina has a very minor case, but if it wasn't fixed, she could have a flat head for the rest of her life.
Hidalgo said the helmet wasn't cheap.

"It cost us $1,500 and our insurance didn't cover a penny," said Hidalgo. "It was expensive, but 10 years down the road we won't even remember what we paid.  The benefit far outweighs the cost in this case."

"She's had the helmet on for about one month and it's now almost completely round," Hidalgo wrote. "She'll mostly likely have it off in another four weeks."
Mina wears the helmet about 21 hours a day.
"We take it off in the afternoon for her bath and to clean the helmet. At first, it bothered her and she cried when we put it on.  Now, she doesn’t even flinch and she sleeps a full 12 hours with no problem.  She actually even giggles when she sees it," Hidalgo said.

Hidalgo said if you have questions about plagiocephaly, email her:

"It truly can take a village to raise a child," Hidalgo said.

Learn more about plagiocephaly on the WebMD website and National Library of Medicine.
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