BEFORE YOUR VISIT
We want your appointment to be a very positive experience for you and your baby. Therefore, we kindly ask that the caregiver follow these recommendations for their first Evaluation & Scan visit and subsequent visits:
- Make sure your infant is adequately rested.
- Make sure your infant has a fresh diaper.
- Make sure your infant does not have braids or clips in the hair.
- Make sure to bring your infant’s weight, length and number of weeks at birth. (this is very important to achieve the proper analysis of your infant’s condition for effective treatment)
- Call your local kinderBAND™ clinic to determine if preauthorization is needed with your insurance.
As caregivers, your role in the kinderBAND™ treatment program is essential to achieving the best outcome for your baby. Your cranial specialist will guide you through the treatment program, giving you a sense of what to expect and also providing you with a written Caregiver Guide to the kinderBAND™.
EVALUATION & SCAN
You will meet your cranial specialist and together will complete the Patient Information Sheet. This information is essential to the design of the kinderBAND™, as this provides key indicators on how your baby’s head will develop. We design the kinderBAND™ utilizing the published government CDC growth charts.
The cranial specialist will review your prescription and diagnosis with you. Next, they will take key anthropomorphic measurements of your baby’s head. The measurements will be taken using kinderKALIPERS™, calipers that were exclusively designed by the kinderBAND™ team to obtain the most accurate measurements possible. These measurements are integral to achieving optimal symmetry for your baby’s head.
Then they will explain the scanning process using the BioScanner™. We understand that sometimes caregivers may be nervous about scanning. Scanning is quick, simple and most importantly non-traumatic for the infant. Acquiring the cranial shape data with the BioScanner™ is 510k cleared by the FDA.
For scanning, you will be asked to remove any shirt or onesie with a collar that your baby is wearing. Your baby will be placed on your lap facing you. We want to ensure that your baby is in the most soothing environment possible which means you will be holding them, and they will see your face the entire time. Some caregivers choose to hold a small toy on their lap and/or use a pacifier.
The cranial specialist will then quickly don a knitted cap on your baby’s head and begin scanning using the BioScanner™. The scanning process takes seconds. After scanning, the cranial specialist will confirm your choice of Transfer Pattern. Transfer Patterns are an array of patterns we use to color the kinderBAND™, providing an attractive look to your baby’s helmet.
Once the scan is complete, photos will be taken from various angles. Both the photos and measurements are critical for documenting the pre-treatment baseline for the referring physician, cranial specialist, caregiver and insurance company.
On your second visit, your baby will receive their custom kinderBAND™. Like the scanning process, you will hold your baby on your lap. Your baby will face outward so the cranial specialist can easily slip the kinderBAND™ on to your baby’s head.
The cranial specialist will then turn your baby towards you to show you the proper fit of the kinderBAND™. As you will be removing and applying the kinderBAND™, it is important that you understand how to align it properly. The cranial specialist will assist by providing markings on the interior foam which will serve as guides for proper fitting.
If any modifications need to be made to relieve the interior foam of the kinderBAND™, the cranial specialist will make them at this time.
Then, the cranial specialist will review the Usage & Care instructions of the kinderBAND™ with you. As well, they will explain Tummy Time and give you a guide to helping your baby improve their neck and trunk muscles. Finally, you will be asked to send a photo or text on Day 4 to confirm all is going well with your baby wearing the kinderBAND™.
After your initial fitting, you will return for a follow-up appointment in 2 weeks. The cranial specialist will ask you if you have seen a change in the shape of your baby’s head. They will also inquire about the amount of time your baby spends per day wearing the kinderBAND™. In order to achieve proper correction, it is critical that your baby wears the kinderBAND™ at least 20 – 23 hours each day. If you are having an issue achieving this, the cranial specialist will work through any difficulties you are having.
While wearing the kinderBAND™ requires some getting used to, we find that most babies become comfortable with it within the first four days. Caregivers love the additional safety it provides their baby while they are playing.
The cranial specialist will modify the inside of your kinderBAND™ accordingly, as your baby’s head has grown in the past 2 weeks. Some cranial specialist will choose to drill a few holes in the front and back of the kinderBAND™ during this appointment. This serves as a guide for fitting as well as adding airflow.
You will continue to have follow up appointments every 2 – 3 weeks until correction is achieved.
Tummy time is an important activity for all infants to help them develop strong muscles. Since infants are now put on their backs to sleep, playtime is recommended on their tummies. Tummy time helps develop the muscles that are need for lifting their heads, turning over, sitting up and crawling. All of these can be delayed without proper exercise which is essentially what tummy time is.