Does Blue Cross Blue Shield Cover Baby helmets?

Does Blue Cross cover plagiocephaly helmet?

The cost of the corrective helmet isn’t covered by Alberta Health Care. Check with your extended healthcare plan or private insurance. If you want to learn more about safe sleeping, tummy time, and preventing a flat area on your baby’s head, there are free classes in your community.

Is plagiocephaly covered by insurance?

Some insurance carriers consider plagiocephaly a medical need rather than a cosmetic condition only if measurements indicate that the baby’s head has a moderate-to-severe deformity. Likewise, carriers may require a letter from your physician stating that a custom cranial orthosis is medically necessary.

How much does a helmet for flat head cost?

Helmets to treat flattened skulls range in price from $1,300 to $3,000, and parents are told to make sure infants wear them around the clock.

When do babies get fitted for helmets?

Studies show that the best age to begin helmet therapy for babies is between 5 and 6 months. This allows for the helmet to gently shape your baby’s skull as they grow.

Do pillows help with baby flat head?

There are also so-called positional pillows marketed to help with flat head syndrome, to move a child off the flat spot. “We use pillows all the time for plagiocephaly in the NICU where the infant can be observed,” Taub says, adding that positional pillows are OK just so long as a parent is watching the child.

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What happens if plagiocephaly is untreated?

If congenital plagiocephaly, which is caused by craniosynostosis, is left untreated, it can lead to serious complications, including: Head deformities, possibly severe and permanent. Increased pressure inside the head. Seizures.

How late can plagiocephaly be treated?

When treatment starts at the optimum age of 3-6 months, it usually can be completed within 12 weeks. Correction is still possible in babies up to age 18 months, but will take longer.

Can you correct a flat head at 4 months?

The best correction results can be achieved when treatment is started between 4 and 12 months, as the bones in the skull are still malleable.

How long does it take for a newborn’s head to go back to normal?

When babies are born their skulls are soft, which helps them pass through the birth canal. It can take 9-18 months before a baby’s skull is fully formed.