Mom in Caymen Islands find success consulting w/ Dr Flores re: Flat Head Syndrome

We are elated to know we can make a difference in the lives of little ones- EVEN if they live on the other side of the world!

Dr Flores has made herself available for skype consultations with those that do not have access to specialists in the field of preventing and correcting flat head syndrome, aka positional plagiocephaly.  She has consulted with parents all over the U.S. and other countries including Luxenberg, Saudi Arabia and now the Caymen Islands!

Since her interview with CBS on Flat Head Syndrome and the release of her first book entitled ‘How to Avoid Flat Head & Delays in Baby’s First Year’, Dr Flores has proven to be one of the top experts on effective, safe and holistic techniques that prevent and correct malformed head shapes in infants while also improving upon the root cause of the head flattening.

Here is what a Mom in the Caymen Islands had to say about consulting with Dr Flores:

Physical Therapy Solutions deserves seven stars as far as we’re concerned! When my daughter was diagnosed by her paediatrician as having flat head syndrome I started combing the internet for information to educate us on what we could do to help her. This lead to finding a YouTube video in which Dr. Flores spoke about the issue. Noting her expertise from the video I looked up her practice and contacted them for an appointment.

However, there was once slight issue…we are in the Cayman Islands and they are in Santa Monica California. I decided to get in touch anyway to see if we could do a computer video conference via Skype. I was elated when they confirmed that they indeed could work with us via Skype.

The consultation was completed and with the advice and exercises suggested by Dr. Flores, our daughter is almost fully recovered from Flat Head Syndrome and Torticollis by our followup appointment just one month later. We are so thankful for Dr. Flores and her practice. Do not hesitate to contact them even if you’re on the other side of the world!Moms do everything for their child!

Dr Yvette Flores is offering video assistance to parents who are lacking resources in their area.  Download the FREE questionnaire the Dr Flores feels parents should share with their child’s pediatrician:

“The 10 Questions Every Parent Must Ask their Baby’s Pediatrician Right Away”

You can get your free copy at www.flatheadsolutions.com

To schedule a video session with Dr Flores, contact us directly from our website at babytherapysolutions.com or call us at 800-507-2634.  We are here to help!

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December 29, 2016. Tags: , , , . Early Head Start, Events, FYI's for New Parents, Invitations, Testimonials. Leave a comment.

Good media exposure but poor advice by the Pediatrician!

So there was a recent episode on Jane the Virgin (episode 206, chapter 28) that highlighted plagiocephaly (Thanks Jessica for sharing!) They correctly demonstrated a common cause that new mothers are not aware of. The acting pediatrician also recommended corrective helmet therapy to improve the flattened head shape.

However!!!

There was NO SUGGESTION given to the parents about preventative and corrective pediatric physical  therapy!

How are the new parents supposed to know how to prevent the flat spot from re-occurring? Or to prevent a new one from forming once the helmet is removed?

How are the new parents supposed to know how to attain age appropriate head control and muscle endurance in the tummy time position?

How are they to know all the different ways to do tummy time and for how long, in order to reach their goals for their infant?

How are they to know if there are assosicated developmental delays and how to improve them?

A recent article shared with me by Dr John Graham Jr. of Cedar Sinai indicates a strong correlation between infants that develop positional plagiocephaly and onset of gross motor developmental delay.

The article urges all pediatricians to let parents know of the benefits of preventative intervention, which parents can easily learn from a licensed pediatric physical therapist.

I am happy to see we are stepping in the right direction but it is clear that there is still a huge lack of awareness about the topics of plagiocephaly, torticollis and motor delays in infants.

In the meantime, here is the video clip!

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PT Solutions Has 100% Success Rate w/ Early Intervention for Infants With Flat-Head Syndrome

Check out our CBS 2 Feature on Dr. Yvette Flores, PT, DPT, aired on 4/30/13

May 1, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Early Head Start, Events, FYI's for New Parents, Welcome New Parents!. Leave a comment.

It is rewarding helping Mom’s and their babies with PT!

Here is what a Mom recently posted about us on Yelp:

“The highly noted Dr Graham (out of Cedar Sinai) recommended PTSolutions when he examined my son at 2 months and found a moderate-severe Torticollis. I called PTSolutions that very day and they got me in immediately. Dr. Flores recommended a twice weekly program plus exercises at home. She worked with my son regularly over the next several months and his Torticollis went away. He still had to wear the helmut but when I went back to Dr. Graham he was exceptionally impressed with the work Dr. Flores had accomplished and that the Torticollis was gone! My son LOVES Dr. Flores. He was always happy to be at PTS and always comfortable with the very helpful staff!

BTW – I liked how much Dr. Flores was invested in helping my son that I asked her to look at me and my neck/shoulder issues. She set up a program for me and has dramatically helped me improve my strength and ability to lift my son. A miracle after all the other failed physically therapy places I’d been.

This is a highly professional facility that is INVESTED in YOUR recovery! My highest recommendations and a heartfelt thank you to this great place!” Alex. S. West Hollywood, CA

We strive for moments like this, impacting the lives of families on a daily basis. What a joy!

December 5, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Testimonials. Leave a comment.

An alternate sleep positioner to improve or prevent head flattening

We are always finding ways to help families seeking our help to improve their baby’s misshapen head.  In the past 10 years, I have learned various techniques and tips that have proved to work for many.  Whether it’s the use of rice bags to block sleeping on a flat spot, or the use of special pillows in the car seat/stroller to block laying on a flat spot, I am constantly researching safe ways to help families improve head shape and avoid the helmet.

NOTE: In order to guarantee safety using any sleep positioner or head device, it is mandatory to get instructed and cleared by a pediatric physical therapist who is a head & neck specialist.  Do not attempt to use any suggestions or recommendations found online without first getting instructed and cleared.

CASE STUDY:  4 month old baby boy with ‘moderate to severe’ right head flattening

I am excited to share a case study of a 4 month old baby boy who was referred to me by his Pediatrician for flattening of the back of the head.  After his PT evaluation, I rated the severity of flattening to be ‘moderate-severe right plagiocephaly’.  I immediately instructed his Mom on repositioning techniques off the flat spot, to start allowing it to re-round and re-shape.

Our protocol in addressing cases of head flattening is three-fold: 1.  Identify and address the root cause of the flat spot, which is typically a tight neck muscle or larger than average head size.  2.  Immediately instruct parents on safe repositioning techniques off the flat spot in the crib, car seat and stroller.  3.  Implement a physical therapy program of stretches, massage techniques and strengthening techniques to correct the underlying cause and improve the head shape.

Regarding this case, my goal was to help this baby’s parents successfully prevent further flattening and improve head shape to a mild to moderate category within 2 to 3 months, which is a typical expectation.  Within the first two to three weeks of initiating physical therapy, we were seeing clear range of motion improvements with his head turning and clear strength gains lifting and turning his head during tummy time.  However, Mom was having a difficult time blocking him from sleeping on the flat spot.  Even with the techniques I suggested, her son kept finding his way back to laying on the flat spot.

Mom discovered that the only time she can successfully block him from laying on the flat spot is when he fell asleep in his swing.  She started opting to nap him in this device and sent me photos to make sure this was OK.  

After viewing the device and looking at how she positions him in it, I told her I felt comfortable having her nap him in it.  So long as she was in the room with him, she even had him sleep in it during the night.

The head shape improvements over the next  month was astounding.  I just worked with him yesterday and rated his head shape to be ‘mild’ right plagiocephaly.  He is no longer a possible candidate for helmet therapy.  I am happy to see that after just a month of successfully sleeping him off of the flat spot, using this swing, he went from moderate-severe flatness to mild flatness.  Why is this a big deal, you might ask?  It is the fastest correction I’ve ever seen without the use of a helmet in a baby with a strong rotational favoring during sleep.

I recommend looking into this device as an alternate method of napping with success off the flat spot.  Mom took some of my instructed techniques and applied them with the use of this swing cradle and was 100% successful.

If your baby favors looking to the same side when sleeping or has a developing flat spot, you may want to find out what options are available and get instructed and cleared by a specialist as soon as possible.

If you are interested in learning more about this device as an option, I encourage you to schedule a physical therapy evaluation with me  so that I can assess the severity of your baby’s condition and we can discuss if this could be a good option of correcting or protecting your baby’s head shape.  For more information about our clinic and evaluation services, go to http://www.babytherapysolutions.com or call us 800 507 2634.

March 5, 2011. Tags: , , , , , . FYI's for New Parents, Newsletter Spotlights. 3 comments.