When babies begin wearing their cranial helmet, one of the first things many parents notice is minor red spots on baby’s head. In most instances, this is completely normal. During this period, their skin is adjusting to both the light pressure from the helmet and the slight increase of moisture caused by sweating. This can lead to some reddening.
In this article, we will discuss what is normal and when you should consult with your doctor. Keep in mind, you know your baby best. So if you have concerns - talk to your baby’s doctor.
What is Considered Normal Skin Changes During Helmet Therapy
It is considered normal to have some minor changes to your baby’s skin. You might notice some red spots, light rubbing, or faint lines in their skin (much like when you wake and see a crease on your face from your sleep position). It is important to perform skin checks each time the P-POD is removed. Any areas of deep redness should fade within the 1 hour the helmet is off.
When You Should Consult with Your Doctor
Although it is not a cause for alarm, there are some instances where it is best to consult with your baby’s doctor about the condition of their skin. If their helmet leaves red spots on your child that last for more than one hour after the helmet is removed, don’t hesitate to contact your child’s health care provider.
You should discontinue helmet use and contact your pediatrician immediately if there is skin discoloration or problems that show no improvement and/or any areas of skin breakdown.
It’s hard not to worry when your baby starts wearing their helmet. It is a big change for the whole family. You just want your baby to be as comfortable as possible. When it comes to skin concerns, you know your baby best.
It is perfectly normal to have some minor changes to their skin, but if you have concerns about more serious changes - talk to your baby’s doctor.