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Flat Head Syndrome Helmets

Should Insurance Pay For Flat Head Helmets?

Are insurance companies using their noggins? The Back to Sleep campaign has succeeded in reducing the occurrence of SIDS by almost 50 percent, but doing so has led to an increase in the number of babies experiencing flat head syndrome. Some doctors estimate that one in 40 babies will be affected.

While some mamas look to reshape their lil one's heads for aesthetic reasons, there are medical reasons to do so too. Flat heads can lead to more ear infections, which, in turn, can result in language disorders and learning disabilities. Treatment for the syndrome usually resides in cranial molding helmets with hard outer shells and foam inner linings that discourage continued growth in the wrong direction. The helmets, which can cost up to $2,500 are normally covered by insurance, but military families – whose budgets are already stretched – are finding that their insurance won't foot the bill because it's not a proven cure.

Should insurance policies pay for such corrective devices?


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phatE phatE 7 years
I actually do have experience, and have done "research" on this, I just hold a different view *gasp* and the questions asked seemed based on sarcasm. if she seriously was asking why it shouldn't be covered if many other procedures brought on by poor lifestyle choice - we hold fundamentally different views on what insurance is for, and should cover. and in response to anonymous "It doesn't surprise me that someone would be ignorant enough to assume that children who need it also "need a reality check." That must be why doctors spend all that time custom fitting the child and helping shape their skulls. Just to humor the parent." i answered her first 2 questions above, and if i made it sound like i though the child was the one needing a reality check, forgive me- it's the parents. i thought i was clear on that.. ask some questions holding depth or substance and then we can discuss, but answering to banter, when i am not on the same page with the general issue at hand isn't really productive.
phatE phatE 7 years
MissSushi: snarky generalizations like you did with your last comment? goes both ways..
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
Why shouldn't they be covered by insurance? All sorts of medical procedures that are brought on by poor lifestyle and choices are covered, so why exactly is it ridiculous to want something that the child/parent had no control over be covered by insurance? I sincerely doubt you've done any real research on the "majority of people out there looking" for help with this problem, so your comment was just a snarky generalization not even remotely based on fact.
phatE phatE 7 years
not surprising people here would think "flat head helmets" should be covered by insurance... sure there are extremes to every situation but the vast majority of people out there looking into this need a reality check.
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