• Cranial Remolding Orthoses

    At Pentland’s, we specialize in Cranial Remolding Orthoses (CROs) for babies with deformational head shape conditions, such as plagiocephaly, as well as craniosynostosis. Our comprehensive treatment, involving precise scanning for custom helmet fitting, typically spans 3-6 months, with 23 hours of daily wear. We provide detailed guidance, regular follow-ups, and personalization options for a comfortable and effective journey.

  • Understanding the 3 Types of Deformational Head Shapes

    There are 3 types of deformational head shapes, plagiocephaly, brachycephaly and scaphocephaly. At Pentland’s, we recognize that each child is unique, particularly when it comes to conditions affecting skull development. We approach each case with a customized care plan, tailored to meet the specific needs of your child. Our goal is to ensure that every child receives the most effective treatment, using Cranial Remolding Orthoses (CROs) to promote normal skull development and overall well-being. It is possible to have a combination of these deformational head shapes. CROs are also used to improve these combination head shapes.


    In this section, we'll explore these three common deformational head shape conditions, offering insights to help parents understand each condition and the treatments available.


    Often referred to as 'flat head syndrome,' plagiocephaly is characterized by an asymmetrical flattening of one side of the baby's head. This can result from prolonged pressure on that part of the head, this can be caused by a variety of factors, including sleeping on one side of the back of the head or torticollis (tight neck muscles). Plagiocephaly can lead to noticeable head shape irregularities, but with proper intervention, including the use of CROs, these effects can be significantly reduced.


    Identified by an overall flattening at the back of the head, giving the head a wider appearance. Brachycephaly can occur when babies spend increased time lying on their backs. Treatment with CROs can help in reshaping the skull as the baby grows, encouraging a more typical head shape development.


    It's a head shape characterized by a long, narrow head. This head shape can be caused by prolonged pressure on the sides of the head. Through the use of CROs, scaphocephaly can be treated to encourage a more normal head shape.

  • Craniosynostosis

    Craniosynostosis is a cranial condition that can appear similar to a deformational head shape. The difference between deformational head shapes and craniosynostosis is the mechanism or reason for the head shape. Craniosynostosis occurs when the sutures between the bones of the skull fuse prematurely. This premature fusion causes a change in cranial growth that can resemble a deformational head shape. However, craniosynostosis requires surgery to open the fused suture allowing the bones to continue growing again. CROs are used post-operatively to guide the growth of the skull and protect the surgical site. A custom treatment plan is used to meet the needs of each child.

  • At Pentland’s Prosthetics and Orthotics Clinic, our commitment extends beyond just providing services; we offer a journey of personalized and compassionate care for your child. From answering your initial inquiries and catering to your child's specific needs to celebrating each milestone in their progress, our team is dedicated to supporting your family every step of the way. Welcome to our community, where your child's well-being and happiness are our top priority.