A Banbury couple are appealing for help after their son was born with flat head syndrome and needs a special helmet to aid his growth.
Kylie Hill and her partner Johnny Steele welcomed their son Jasper into the world on March 16 of this year at the Horton General Hospital.
The couple, of Edinburgh Way, were then told by midwives and doctors their son had the condition and would need a specially designed helmet, also known as cranial orthoses, to improve the symmetry of his skull.
The NHS will not offer funding for the medical device, so the couple are trying to raise funds to help pay the £2,500 costs for their son, now six months old.
Miss Hill, 27, said: “I noticed it about Jasper when he was born and the consultants looked at it and said it was how he was born and that they would look at it in a month’s time.
“They said they couldn’t do anything with it then because he would be growing so quickly, but we were then told that the NHS would only be able to help maintain and repair the helmet instead of paying for it as it isn’t a life -threatening condition.
“We are now in the process of setting up a Just Giving page as there are lots of friends and family that want to help contribute. It means the world to both of us that there are people that want to help. Jasper is an adorable baby.”
Flat Head Syndrome, also known as plagiocephaly or brachycephaly, refers to when a baby develops a flattened head when they are a few months old.
Plagiocephaly is the most common type and occurs when the head is flattened on one side, causing it to look a symmetrical and distorted.
Brachycephaly is when theback of the head becomes flattened, causing the head to widen. To compensate, the front of the skull sometimes bulges out.
The cranial otheses are custom-made devices that apply pressure to “bulging” parts of the skull and relieve pressure from other parts, allowing growth in the flatter areas. The device may also prevent children lying on the flattened part of their head.
Miss Hill added that along with friends and family, the couple are looking to try and help fundraise towards the amount later this year.
She said: “It was quite upsetting for both of us hearing about Jasper’s condition, as doctors said that even though some babies develop flat head syndrome they grow out of it when they get older. But Jasper is unfortunately in the categories of babies where they don’t.
“We have spoken to other mothers who have had the same sitation with their children and once they had got the helmet their children have gone on to have a perfectly formed head.
“I do not know much about the condition myself so have been speaking to both our parents and that has really helped.
“The helmet will really help Jasper’s development as he grows older and hopefully it will mean he won’t have any problems in the future when he starts growing more.”