Doc Band Update – Week 1

Last Monday marked 1 full week with Hudson’s Doc Band.  Click Here to read my first post about our decision to go forward with the treatment for plagiocephaly.

The first two days Hudson wore the doc band for 3 hours and then we took it off for a little while to check for any irritation.  By Wednesday he was wearing it for the required 23 hours a day.  From the first day he was wearing the band he barely even acknowledged it he was wearing it.  A few times throughout the week he would put his hands on the helmet, but otherwise he didn’t pay it any attention, which was a giant relief for me.

A little blurry, but playing in the jumperoo!

The only major “thing” we dealt with regarding the doc band is sweating.  Hudson already sweats whenever he eats, sleeps, sits in his carseat, etc.  Sweating is one of the main issues I was informed of when he got the band and since his body already participates in this activity, we have to be extra careful to keep his body temperature regulated.  With the weather quickly warming up he will only be wearing onesies.  I’m allowed to remove the band for a few minutes to cool him down if he gets really sweaty after eating or a long car ride.

Fast asleep!

So last Monday we headed to Charlotte for our 1 week checkup.  I had been a little concerned about the band slipping too low over his eyes throughout the week, but knew they would make adjustments once we got there.  Our therapist didn’t like it either, and they ended up taking pictures of him wearing the band and sending them to the headquarters for the company.  They decided the band wasn’t fitting Hudson’s head like they had hoped and they needed to make him another band.

WHAT !?!?  Each band is made from a series of 3D pictures taken of Hudson’s head.  A model of his head is also made from these pictures.  The bands are unique to each baby and must fit perfectly for the correction to take place.  I was a little upset about starting over at first, but quickly appreciated the care they are taking with Hudson’s treatment.  His head is being reshaped and I am so glad that Cranial Technologies is making sure the helmet fits him just right.

So… I will go back to Charlotte tomorrow to get his new helmet.   We will be one week behind in treatment, but after just the first week he already had noticeable improvement, which was awesome!  I decorated with some Gamecock stickers and will have to do that again, but no big deal.One of the things I thought a lot about was what other people may say.  On the way home from getting his Doc Band I stopped by the grocery store.  On the way in a little girl was about 5 feet away and goes “Mommy, what’s wrong with that’s baby’s head?”  I wanted to scream “NOTHING!  He’s perfect!”, but I restrained myself.  Then when I was inside, a lady stopped me and told us how her grandson had a helmet and it really helped him.  For the rest of the week I had people commenting on how they all knew someone whose baby had worn a helmet also.  It was really encouraging and also surprising at how popular the helmets are!

So in conclusion, Andrew and I are really happy we have decided to go through with this treatment for Hudson.  I will only help him and I know we are receiving the best treatment, so it’s a win-win situation!