Saturday, December 17, 2011

a visit with Jerry

Every 2 or 3 weeks we visit Jerry Kolman, an orthotist, who maintains Indigo's helmet.  He checks for head growth & makes adjustments to the helmet.  The goal is to give her an average proportioned head.  The helmet is creating resistance in the front and back and is open on the sides. 

Especially important is the ratio of head circumference to head width.  For the 'average' female child (6-12 months old) this ratio is 78.  Indigo began at 67 and is now at 73.75.  We hope she will get to 80 -there will be some regression once the helmet is off, and hopefully will then settle somewhere around 78.

Thanks Jerry for all your help!

measuring circumference


doing some diagonal measurements

checking that her head is symmetric (measuring from each ear to middle of nose)

today we are doing a 3-D scan as well, the laser only sees white - hence the white cap

cutouts for ears made - not so bad huh?

attaching a 'center' for the laser to orient to

the resulting scan

Indigo is wearing a helmet to correct sagittal suture craniosynostosis which was discovered at her 1-month pediatrician checkup.  We traveled to Shands Hospital in August (when she was 3.5 months old) and the suture was surgically opened by Dr. Pincus.  {I wanted to have those keywords included to help others who may be searching for more information.}

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