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Here's why Chrissy Teigen's son Miles will be wearing a helmet for the next while

Parents are sharing their experiences with flat head syndrome.

IF YOU FOLLOW Chrissy Teigen on Twitter, you might have seen her talking about her six month old son, Miles. 

Here is with dad John, who he is the spit of. 

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Cuties. Anyway, Chrissy explained that her followers may see him wearing a helmet over the next while because of his “slightly misshapen head”.

Don’t feel bad for him because he’s just fixing his flat and honestly he’s probably gonna be even cuter with it somehow.”

So what exactly does she mean by “his flat”?

Nobody is born with a perfectly round skull. Babies’ heads are usually a bit misshapen from birth, with the majority rounding out over a period of six months.

However, because they are born with plates of bone making up the skull, it means their skulls are quite flexible, and this flexibility may lead to moulding of the head if it is kept in the same position over a prolonged time. This causes them to develop Plagiocephaly or ‘flat head syndrome’, as referred to by Chrissy herself.

In the event that their skull doesn’t round out, cranial orthotic therapy with a baby helmet or headband is the next option.

Right, what’s involved then?

Children usually the wear headbands or helmets for up to 23 hours a day for a period of two to six months. 

Now, you’re probably thinking, “That sounds pretty grim.” But the helmets are pretty lightweight to minimise discomfort. Some even had some seriously funky designs, as seen in the thread started by parents under Chrissy’s initial tweet:

There’s a high success rate for this kind of treatment when it’s started early. So, to cut a long story short, Miles should be just fine.

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