“I think you guys should consider taking Aedan to Cranial Technologies for an evaluation,” our doctor said during a regularly scheduled appointment. Aedan, one of our twins, was a little more than a year old at the time. I was overcome with panic, fear, and sadness at the idea there could be a problem with his head.
I think my husband, James, and I both knew early on that the back of Aedan’s head was flat, but we didn’t really talk about it. I knew the twins had been crushed inside my stomach, and I guess I just hoped it would work itself out. It didn’t.
After doing a lot of research, I learned that it appears flat-headedness can be caused by babies sleeping on their back too much. Takeaway for moms-to-be: Lay those sweet little angels on their side sometimes when they sleep!
Lots of Questions
Without knowing anything about Cranial Technologies, we immediately booked an appointment at our local office to consider whether we should try to fix the shape of our son’s head.
Our first appointment was a consultation, and it became evident to the doctor immediately that Aedan had Brachycephaly—which is a nice way of saying a head shaped like a walnut. We discussed the options and their pros and cons. At the end of the consultation, the doctor recommended that Aedan wear a DOC band for at least three months.
We left feeling overwhelmed and devastated at the thought of our son having to wear this awful band for almost 24 hours a day for a minimum of three months. These were some of our concerns:
- Would he hate it? It certainly didn’t look comfortable, but they kept assuring us that it didn’t faze the children one bit, especially at such a young age.
- Would he be sweating in it all the time? It was the summer months, after all.
- Would people look at him funny?
- Would wearing it affect his self-esteem?
We became consumed with the question “to band or not to band.”
I clearly remember stopping by the gift shop to buy a drink after an appointment at Cranial Technologies. I was feeling totally confused and depressed about the situation. In the checkout line, I fumbled through my purse to locate my wallet. When I looked up, standing right in front of me was a middle-aged man who had a severely flat head in the back. When I say severe, I mean severe.
That was the moment I decided that, as painful as it was going to be for me, we were going to get the DOC band while Aedan was young enough that he would not remember it.
I realized that the things I worried about most were really my own issues. Aedan wouldn’t even know the band was on after a few hours, and who cared if people looked at him funny? I had to put my own insecurities aside and ensure that we gave our little man every chance possible in life to be the best he can be.
I called James right away, and we agreed to proceed.
Just Do It!
I’m not going to lie: Holding Aedan down while they took a mold of his head was just about the worst feeling ever. But—just as the doctors said—once Aedan started wearing the band, he didn’t even notice it was on. He couldn’t have cared less!
After the initial three months with the band were up, we were told that Aedan needed to wear it for an additional three months. By this time, we were all used to the band and could see the difference it was making.
Football season was about to start, so my husband decided to have some fun with it. We painted Aedan’s band to look like a Washington Redskins helmet, and everywhere we went people loved it! They would high-five Aedan and ooh and aww over how cute he was!
So, to wrap up: If you are considering getting a DOC band for one of your children, just do it! It was the best decision we ever made. Think about the long-term effects and consequences and not the short-term inconvenience.
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