Many parents turn to helmet therapy to try correct the shape of their babies' skulls. Recently, a Taichung resident surnamed Wang purchased a custom helmet for her four-month-old son, however, after wearing the helmet for over 10 hours a day for three weeks, the baby developed a severe heat rash. Doctors say infant skin is particularly sensitive, and long-term use of tight helmets could affect the development of the brain.
A red rash has appeared on the skin of this four-month-old infant's head and neck. Previously, the boy's mother ordered a custom-made helmet for her baby to correct the shape of his skull. She didn't expect wearing the helmet would result in a rash.
The back of his head was a bit flat. I thought it was okay at first, but then I thought it looked too obvious.
The mother says her son always slept on the same side, which caused the right back side of his head to become misshapen. She ordered a custom-made helmet and put it on him for 15 to 20 hours a day during a three-week period. Doctors say infant skin and sweat glands are still developing, and wearing helmets will affect perspiration. Moreover, if severe heat rashes occur, they could lead to septicemia.
If small blisters on the skin surface pop, bacteria will be able to enter easily through them. If inflammations occur deeper in the skin, where the blood flow is more abundant, the bacteria could enter the body via the blood.
Many parents use helmet therapy to correct the shape of their children's skulls. However, many abnormalities are simply due to posture, with no underlying diseases that will affect development. Doctors say parents should vary the sleeping positions of infants under the age of four months and not allow them to spend all their time sleeping on one side, thereby preventing pressure from always being exerted on the same side.
The helmets are a fixed size, but infant heads are still developing. The circumference of the head increases at a fast pace, especially during the first six months. If you deliberately confine the head, then it won't be able to grow.
If the problem is simply due to posture, correcting the posture can resolve the problem before the age of one. Overuse of helmets may even affect infants' brain development. Parents who are insistent on corrections should check with doctors first.