What We Treat

Infants sometimes have flattened areas on one side or back of their heads, called deformational plagiocephaly or brachycephaly.

These conditions are typically caused by:

  • Position of the baby while in the womb
  • Amount of time a baby spends on his back–in crib, baby swing or carrier
  • Torticollis, a condition in which a neck muscle is tight and limits the baby’s head motion

The Cranial Remodeling program is for children who are 3 months to 18 months old. The conditions that we treat are:

  • Plagiocephaly: A flattening of an infant’s head on one side
  • Brachycephaly: A flattening that is mostly straight across the back of the head
  • Asymmetrical brachycephaly: An excessively wide head with asymmetry
  • Scaphocephaly: A long, narrow head

Services We Offer

The Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Orthotics and Prosthetics Program offers specialized care from an experienced pediatric team. We provide comprehensive assessment and education by a board-certified orthotist/prosthetist and education on developmentally appropriate ways to encourage self-correction. Plagiocephaly treatment may include:

  • Repositiong
  • Watchful observation
  • Physician therapy
  • Cranial remolding helmet

Half of our patients who are referred for evaluation do not require a helmet due to our focus on education, monitoring and team treatment. If a cranial remolding helmet is needed, it is our goal to complete treatment with one helmet. We answer your questions and provide you with all you need to know so that you can properly apply and care for your child's helmet. We will closely monitor changes in your baby’s head shape to track progress.

Many babies do not require treatment with a cranial remolding helmet because they respond well to repositioning techniques caregivers can practice at home. With a prescription from your doctor, we are happy to offer an initial assessment at no charge.

Learn more about repositioning techniques and Tummy Time Tools

Technology

  • The STARscanner™: Records three-dimensional (3-D) information about your baby’s head shape. It’s safe, non-invasive and takes less than two seconds to complete. The scan provides data that our orthotists and doctors use to monitor changes in head shape. The STARscanner eliminates the need for making plaster casts of the infant’s head.
  • The STARband™ cranial remolding orthosis: A thermoplastic shell with a soft foam liner, custom-molded to your baby’s head shape. The STARscanner scan provides the information needed to create a custom-made shell for your child. As the child grows, the orthosis acts as a guide to gradually allow the head to reshape. Most babies adjust easily to wearing a helmet.

Our Unique Approach

Children's is one of the leaders in cranial remolding. The Children's Plagiocephaly Severity Scale was published in the Journal of Craniofacial Surgery and accepted nationwide as the standard of care. We are engaged in ongoing research and lecture at meetings across the country and around the world.

We provide assessment and treatment at multiple convenient Atlanta area locations. 

Learn more about our orthotics and prosthetics locations

Locations

Children's at Forsyth

410 Peachtree Parkway, The Collection at Forsyth

Cumming, GA 30041-7407

Children's at Duluth

2270 Duluth Hwy. 120

Duluth, GA 30097-4010

Children's at Executive Park

6 Executive Park Dr. NE, Suite 50

Atlanta, GA 30329

Children's at Fayette

1265 Highway 54 West, Suite 200

Fayetteville, GA 30214-4526

Children's at Marietta

175 White St.

Marietta, GA 30060-7903

Children's at Meridian Mark

5445 Meridian Mark Road NE

Atlanta, GA 30342-4755

Children's at Mount Zion

2201 Mount Zion Parkway

Morrow, GA 30260-3312

Children's at Old Milton Parkway

3300 Old Milton Parkway

Alpharetta, GA 30005

Children's at Sandy Plains

3618 Sandy Plains Road, Suite 100

Marietta, GA 30066-3020

Children's at Town Center Outpatient Care Center

605 Big Shanty Road NW

Kennesaw, GA 30144-6812