December 04, 2007,
S.K. asks from Minneapolis, MN on December 03, 2007
Boppy Noggin Nest
My son was diagnosed with torticollis, which is when one side of the neck has weaker muscles. He has a tendency to look toward his left, causing a flat spot on his head. His physical therapist thinks he might need to wear a helmet when he gets to be around 4 months old to correct his head shape. She suggested we use the Boppy Noggin Nest. I thought we would use it for bed time since he sleeps about 10 hours/night and who know how his little head is positioned all that time. But I found out you can't use it for sleeping, just for the floor, swing, car seat...I read online reviews and some people loved it while other people thought it did no good. Any used it? What did you think?
J.G. answers from Minneapolis on December 04, 2007
I never used it...but my 15 month old had torticollis also and they wanted him to use a helmet because his head too was flat on one side. We were able to avoid it though. We just always stretched his neck to the right and also put a rolled up blanket on his left side so he couldn't turn his head to the left while sleeping.
A.L. answers from Minneapolis on December 04, 2007
I don't know about the Bobby Noggin Nest, but our 1st daughter also favored the one side and was starting to get a flat head. Our pediatrician drilled it into us to stretch her neck from side to side and to start feeding her on the opposite side (where the head isn't flat) and then to move her head while she is sleeping and hold it there for a while if we had to. And to also lay her on the floor and to sit on the side of her that she didn't favor so she would have to turn her head that way. It worked and her head wasn't flat anymore. The last thing I wanted was a helmet! Oh, and lots and lots of tummy time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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J.B. answers from Minneapolis on December 04, 2007
My son had torticollis too. He had to wear the helmet for about 5 months. It did a lot of good. I have to admit, it was hard for me as a parent to see him wearing it but I don't regret it at all. As for the Boppy Noggin Nest, I would not use it. Our PT said to continue to do exercises and when he was laying in bed (awake), to put a rolled up towel on his side of his head so he was forced to look the other direction. Encourage him to turn his head the other way. Place him on the changing pad so he has to turn his head to look at you. Stick with the PT too. My son still goes and has a slight head tilt because of the torticollis.
B.W. answers from Minneapolis on December 04, 2007
He's young enough where you can easily do a few things at home to help out his torticollis. My oldest had it so bad his head was totally flat, his ears and eyes were misaligned, and his forehead bulged out. Our pediatrician was very laid back about it and showed us how to lay our son with his head by our belly and his body stretched out down our legs, and put our hands behind his ears and kind of massage up and down, pulling up and lighly rubbing down. And also we did alot of laying him on his back and turning his head the opposite way he favored, and sometimes having to hold it there and showing him toys, talkign to him, engaging him. Also at night after he was asleep I'd go in and turn his head. Once he was really 'out', he'd not move it back, and owuldn't even notice me turning his head.
HIs problem started as a newborn, and got really bad aorund 2-3 months. We started doing these things at home around 3 months, and by 6 months his head was nicely rounded, and now at 5 1/2 you can't even tell he had flat head.
I wouldn't advise using anything in his bed... he could move just enough to get it beside him in his face. Lots of tummy time during the day, limit time in the bouncy, carseat, swing, etc, and when he's napping, try laying him on his side with a rolled up blanket behind him for stability. Or just turn his head when he's sleeping.
Good luck... and he probably won't need a helmet.