Parents of those newborns that have cranial shape abnormalities may have the option to try to correct the aesthetics of the head. Just recently discovered by us, but approved by the FDA since 2002, the STAR Family of cranial remolding orthoses from Orthomerica Products out of Newport Beach, CA includes six different types of helmets, each designed for a different type of abnormality. The system uses a custom built helmet to slowly reshape the head using continuous pressure.
System features from the brochure :
Orthomerica’s cranial remolding orthoses can be fabricated from a positive modified cast, unmodified cast, or a scan of the infant’s head using the STARscanner. Turnaround time for fabrication is 5 days. The STARband, STARlight and Clarren Helmet designs provide total contact over the prominent areas of the skull and leave voids over the flattened areas to provide a pathway for more symmetrical skull growth. The STARlight bivalved design is effective for treating scaphocephaly and other head shape deformities. Treatment generally takes 3–4 months, but varies depending on the infant’s age and severity of cranial asymmetry. Clinical consultation is available through our staff of ABC certified orthotists.