Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Helmet

So, as per the doctor's instructions we've always laid baby on his back to sleep. Unfortunatly, now he head is flat. It's been really frustrating trying to correct this. I asked his pediatrician what to do, after she pointed it out. She said to just keep him off it as much as possible. Well, can I lay him on his side? No, because of the risk of SIDS. So, we've been keeping him in his bouncy seat when he's awake. But, it's not helping. :(
He is asleep much longer than he is awake. So, we don't really have a fighting chance. We also heard about using a crib wedge, to keep his head turned to the side. I don't understand how that can help though. We try to turn his head when he's sleeping but he quickly turns it right back on his flat spot.
I seriously feel like crying. It's so frustrating. When my mom had us four kids, she laid us on our tummies. That way, our heads would have to be sideways, and we wouldn't get a flat head. But now, with the SIDS risk, we have to keep them on their backs. I personally have heard that new research has connected SIDS to a certain hormone and there for, it's not related to belly/side sleeping. But people would call child services on us for doing it. So we worked really hard at keeping him on his back. And now this. It just feels like we can't do anything right.
I just bought this thing called a noggin nest. It's like a donut for his head:


We got in the mail today and are making him lay on it.
My mom said that she would pay for his helmet. At first, I didn't want to have her buy it. They are so expensive, and I thought with this noggin nest I could fix it. But reading the package of the noggin nest, it says it prevents flat head syndrome. Not corrects it.
And, the most frustrating thing is that we only have a short time window in which to correct it. At his four month appointment in two weeks, we'll have to ask the doctor how to get the helmet. His head is hard at 6 months and we will miss the time window we have if we don't. I'm just so thankful that my mom can afford to buy him the helmet. There is no way we could. And, I don't think his insurance covers it. We will see, I guess in a week.

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