|Getting measured for her helmet. Those are photo dots to help the scanner pick up the shape of her head.|
|First meal with the helmet. I wasn't sure how I was going to keep it clean.|
|Not so bad.|
|Standing and taking steps.|
So now we are at the 4 month mark and she has had about 85% correction. The plates in her head are pretty much fused together and we might not get too much more correction beyond this point. So we have decided to remove it. Her head is still a little flat on one side and her ears are about a millimeter asymmetric, but once her hair grows in, no one will know except her hair dresser.
|No more helmet.|
Now the down side to all this, we have had to appeal to our insurance company because they didn't cover the cost of the helmet treatment. The way our policy reads is that they would have covered the cost of a surgery to correct Alice's problem, but not this simple, effective treatment with the helmet. Kids with plagiocephaly can have all sorts of problems if it isn't corrected. Plagiocephaly can have detrimental effects to hearing, sight, and jaw position. There is also research that suggests she could have mental developmental problems.
So we are waiting to hear the results of our appeal. I am hoping coverage comes through for it because this was an expensive crash helmet. Many other parents have struggled with getting this treatment covered by insurance. I am hoping my appeal and the appeals of others will push insurance companies to change their policies and cover this treatment. This is a fairly common condition in kids these days, so common there are even people who specialize in making art out of kid's helmets.
That's the update. We are taking baby and me swim class and getting ready for summer fun. Grandma Kross will be visiting for Alice's birthday in a month and we are looking forward to spending some time outside.