Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I Didn't Want to Risk Seeing My Son Being Bullied; MUM BUYS Pounds 2,000 HELMET TO CORRECT BABY'S MISSHAPEN SKULL

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I Didn't Want to Risk Seeing My Son Being Bullied; MUM BUYS Pounds 2,000 HELMET TO CORRECT BABY'S MISSHAPEN SKULL

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Byline: By KATY SIMPSON

AS CUTE Cai Thompson plays happily with his toys, he barely notices the huge helmet reshaping his head.

But the one-year-old has to wear the tight plastic casing 23 hours a day to try to correct his misshapen skull.

As a newborn baby he developed flat head syndrome after a traumatic labour left him unable to turn his head to the left and he could only sleep on his right side.

Mum Claire Thompson, 21, was told there was nothing doctors could do to correct it. But she was determined to protect her son from a lifetime of bullying and researched the condition herself.

She discovered a pounds 2,000 treatment which uses a special helmet to control the growth of certain parts of the skull and even it out.

But the procedure is not available on the NHS as it is classed as cosmetic. Claire decided to find the cash herself, and sold her car to pay for the pounds 2,000 helmet.

It can be adjusted as Cai's head improves, but if he grows out of it, Claire will have to find another pounds 2,000 to buy a new one.

"The health visitor kept saying his head would go round," said civil servant Claire, who lives with husband Dean, 32, a mechanic, in Elsdon Avenue, Seaton Delaval.

"But I had seen a couple of people's kids whose heads are still flat. So I didn't take that as an answer and researched it on the internet.

I was so angry when I found there was a treatment I hadn't been told about.

"Their guidelines state that they shouldn't promote it because of the cost."

Children with flat head syndrome, also called plagiocephaly, should start wearing the helmet from six months old for it to be effective.

By the time they reach 14 months it is too late for it to work.

Claire only stumbled on the treatment in June, when Cai was already 10 months old, and is determined to spread the word about it. …

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