Parental Perception of Cranial Orthotic Treatment for Infants with Deformational Plagiocephaly

Camille Van Allen, Sandra Mott, Jacqueline McGrath, Michele Degrazia

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Introduction The objective of this study is to increase understanding of the parents' experiences while caring for their infants during cranial orthotic treatment for deformational plagiocephaly. Methods This study is a qualitative descriptive study consisting of interviews focused on parental perceptions of the experience caring for their infant during treatment. Data were analyzed using conventional content analysis. Results Ten parents participated in this qualitative study. Data revealed the pattern of a journey related to caring for an infant undergoing cranial orthotic treatment. Parents described the journey as consisting of the following phases: "making the decision,""acclimating to the cranial orthosis,""developing a routine,""seeing results,"and "envisioning the future."Minor nuisances and concerns were present throughout treatment. Discussion With initiation of cranial orthotic treatment, parents expressed some reservations. As treatment advanced, parents discussed their journey more positively as their infant's head shapes improved. The availability of support, someone to answer questions, and patience facilitated a successful journey. Seeing the change in head shapes reinforced continuing with treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-19
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Prosthetics and Orthotics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2021


  • brachycephaly
  • cranial orthoses
  • helmet therapy
  • parental experience
  • plagiocephaly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Rehabilitation


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