Little boy with life-altering condition is on the mend after nine months of treatment

Jasper Steele was born with flat head syndrome and can now take off the helmet has been wearing for the last nine months. Jasper pictured with mum and dad Jonny Steele and Kylie Hill NNL-160618-111253009
Jasper Steele was born with flat head syndrome and can now take off the helmet has been wearing for the last nine months. Jasper pictured with mum and dad Jonny Steele and Kylie Hill NNL-160618-111253009

A little boy who has a medical condition which required him to wear a special helmet is now on the mend.

Jasper Steele developed flat head syndrome, also known as plagiocephaly or brachycephaly, and is when a baby develops a flattened head when they are a few months old.

Jasper’s parents, Kylie Hill and Johnny Steele, of Edinburgh Way, launched an appeal in the Banbury Guardian to raise £2,000 for a special helmet for Jasper which aims to improve the skull’s symmetry.

Jasper has been wearing the helmet, called a for the past nine months and his skull is now a normal shape.

Miss Hill said: “He has completely finished the treatment now. We want to let people know the helmet worked 100 per cent.

“We’ve gone from having a crying baby to a boy of 15 months running around.”

She added if Jasper had not worn the helmet, he would have had issues, including problems with his speech, later in life.

She said: “We have had people with children in a similar situation ask if we think the treatment is worth it and it is.

“There are lots of children out there who have flat head syndrome. The NHS won’t fund the helmet because it is cosmetic, but they have got to think about what could happen in the future without treatment.”