By Debbie Emery – Radar Reporter
The bouncing baby was born last August with a condition called Plagiocephaly (or flat head syndrome), which causes the head to be misshapen and is cured with the help of a cranial molding helmet.
“Babies are getting bigger, sooner and faster because of the increased standards of nutrition so they find a nice comfortable position in the womb and stay there,” explained Dwain Faso, Clinical Services Manager at STAR Cranial Center of Excellence, in an exclusive interview with RadarOnline.com, and as they are moving around less during pregnancy, increasingly their heads do not develop symmetrically.
While the condition is not life-threatening and doesn’t lead to brain damage, it can cause health problems such as ear infections or jaw issues because the bony structures of the head and ears are misaligned.
Children who suffer form the condition usually begin wearing a helmet at around four months to gently remold the head into a normal shape, revealed Faso.
“They should start the younger the better,” he told Radar. “And wear them anywhere between two to six months depending on the severity.”
Delilah is far from alone with her stylish headwear, since 1992 there has been a 600 percent increase in Plagiocephaly and there are currently 300-400,000 cases of cranial malformations in the U.S.