Valerie at Bound by Grace discusses flattening of babies' heads and how parents can adjust. My Andrew had plagiocephaly, too. We were sent to the specialist and the orthotist and eventually decided (after several second opinions) not to undergo helmet therapy. We met a child in the orthotist's office whose scalp was covered with open sores. I couldn't stand the thought of my 10 month old being trapped in a hot helmet for six months--on top of the chronic ear infections he also suffered.
At five, the back of his head is still not evenly rounded. His hair hides the flat spot, but I worry about teasing should he ever become an USMA cadet. If I were doing it again, I would do the helmet therapy. I understand now that parents have to push through the uncomfortable feelings to do what is ultimately best for the child. As a new parent, I could not look past the emotion.
Neither would this rigid new parent detour from the official pediatric guidelines. Andrew slept on his back and was regularly turned. I attribute his flat spot to MY naive overuse of the carrier-style carseat and baby swing. I eliminated both with my second child so I wouldn't be tempted to leave her in one position too long. I use a plush Britax convertible seat and a Maya Wrap or Baby Bjorn when we leave the car. We're both happier, and her head looks perfect.
My friend Ann has written about her son's plagiocephaly and her family's creative way of financing the helmet therapy.