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Monday, December 3, 2012

Livie Marie 7 Months old!

It's hard to believe that Livie is already 7 months old.  Her current weight is about 11 pounds 6 oz now.  She is still attending weekly physical therapy for her tortacolis and will get her measurements done for her Doc Band Helmet to treat her plagiocephaly this Friday.  Her helmet will be ready on the 14th and then we will take it to the Wrap Shoppe to have them create a template to decorate it.  Our hope is that she will only have to wear it for 8 weeks or so.  Since she is so young (in her adjusted age) they said it should work really well and results should be amazing.  For those of you who do not know what Totacolis and Plagiocephaly is below is some info:

Plagiocephaly is a condition characterized by an asymmetrical distortion (flattening of one side) of the skull.[1]
Plagiocephaly is the word that is used to describe a diagonal asymmetry across the head shape. This word particularly describes a flattening which is to one side at the back of the head and there is often some facial asymmetry.  It is a common finding at birth and may be the result of a restrictive intrauterine environment.The unusual head shape in plagiocephaly is caused by pressure in the womb giving a "diamond" shaped head when seen from above. In pronounced cases there may be flattening of one side of the head as well.
The incidence of plagiocephaly has increased dramatically since the advent of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome recommendations for parents to keep their babies on their backs.[3] Treatments range from a simple repositioning of babies below the age of 5 months to more involved treatment with a helmet for children under the age of 18 months.[4]
Often caused by inability of the infant to turn their head in one direction due to neck pain. This causes the baby to always be on the same side of the skull and it will become flat. Once normal movement is restored head begins to develop normally.
Here is a link to learn more about the Doc band we will be using.

Livie most likely developed this in-utero when my water bag ruptured early and there was little fluid for her to move around.  She was also breech which meant we had to do an emergency C section.

Torticollis is a twisted neck in which the head is tipped to one side, while the chin is turned to the other.  She is in physical therapy for this and it will resolve once her neck gets stronger and she grows.

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