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Date:4/30/2008

Charleston infant benefits from cutting-edge treatment

CHARLESTON, S.C., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- At five months of age, Amelia Sandin of Charleston was diagnosed with craniosynostosis, a condition that leads to premature fusion of the cranial sutures, or fontanels, causing problems with normal brain and skull growth.

After undergoing surgery to correct the condition, Amelia's skull was growing in an asymmetrical fashion, a problem which can lead to developmental delays, visual impairment and misaligned ears, eyes, and jaw.

Amelia's neurosurgeon referred her family to an orthotic bracing specialist for a cranial remolding evaluation. Allen McWhirt, an ABC-certified orthotist at Floyd Brace Company, evaluated Amelia at four months of age, following consultation with her neurosurgeon.

Amelia underwent a painless two-second computerized scan giving the orthotic specialist the information necessary to fabricate a plastic and foam cranial band, which is used to gently reshape a baby's head. Once the scanning process was completed, a STARband cranial helmet was custom-fabricated for Amelia by Orthomerica.

STARband is a custom-made, FDA-approved device used to begin the cranial shaping process. Helmets are worn 23 hours daily for three to six months, channeling head growth by applying constant, gentle pressure on raised areas of the head, while leaving room for growth in depressed areas. The helmet's interior is modified every two to three weeks to account for growth and changes.

Cranial remolding treatment is most effective if started at four to six months of age. Pediatricians, physical therapists and orthotists should begin evaluations and observation as early as possible, as correction is greatly reduced beyond 18 months of age.

"Going through her surgery was a horrible experience, and knowing she would have to have a helmet worried us," said Amelia's mother, Allison Sandin. "But Amelia did fantastic with t
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