Chloe Lewis has revealed her 11-month-old son Beau has to wear a helmet 23 hours a day because of his deformed head.
Speaking to Instagram on Sunday, the former TOWIE star, 28, spoke about how the illness was due to a traumatic birth.
The mother-of-one – who greeted Beau with partner Danny Flasher last October – shared several sweet snaps with her little one in her helmet as she discussed her trip.
Bundle of joy: Chloe Lewis revealed her 11-month-old son Beau had to wear a helmet 23 hours a day because he had a deformed head
She wrote: “I wanted to make a little post to share Beau’s journey with all of you and educate other babies.
“When Beau was born he suffered from a deformed head from a traumatic birth and then for months afterwards he slept on the flattest side because it was more comfortable for him. We used the shaping pillow but in Beau’s case it didn’t do much for him.
Explaining how she sought advice, she added, “Then I ran into the cutest girl Ria and her handsome boy Rudi who had the same thing.
Adorable: Mom-of-one shared several sweet snaps with her little one in her new helmet
Honest: Taking to Instagram on Sunday, the former TOWIE star, 28, explained how the illness was due to a traumatic birth
Candid: She wrote: “I wanted to do a little post to share Beau’s journey with all of you and educate other babies”
So I decided to send him a random message via Instagram.
WHAT IS FLAT HEAD SYNDROME?
Babies sometimes develop a flattened head by the age of a few months, usually by sleeping on their backs.
Sometimes the head may be flattened on one side (known as plagiocephaly) or the back of the head flattens out, causing the head to widen and the skull to bulge (known as bracycephaly) .
The head may be flattened in the womb, and the condition is more common in babies born prematurely because they get stuck in the birth canal when their skull is not fully developed.
But the most common cause is that babies now sleep on their backs every night – a position doctors advise to avoid sudden infant death syndrome.
When they lie on their backs, the full weight of their head is on the back of their skull and the pressure of the mattress on their soft skulls causes it to become flat.
The conditions are not considered medically dangerous.
Doctors advise changing the baby’s position during the day to relieve pressure on the back of his head, and this will often correct itself over time.
However, they warn parents not to change their baby’s sleeping position by lying on their back at night.
It is very important that babies sleep on their backs as this reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Source: NHS Choice
“I asked her 100 questions and she put my mind completely at ease and then advised me to visit the London Orthotic Clinic.
“So here we are in 3 weeks… wearing our helmet 23 hours a day. Let’s just say it hasn’t been easy, but we know it’s for the best.
She signed off saying, “We love you, handsome boy (If anyone has any questions, Ria kindly offered to answer any questions, as did I.
“I couldn’t have done it without you @ririhalli So thank you I would love to hear your travels if you are going through the same situation with your own babies #babyhelmetclub”.
Babies sometimes develop a flattened head by the age of a few months, usually because they spend a lot of time lying on their backs.
These problems are quite common and affect about 1 in 5 babies at some time.
There are specially designed helmets and headbands that some people believe can help improve the shape of a baby’s skull as they grow older.
It comes after Chloe recently opened up about her pregnancy in a question period and said she gained 1.5 stone in weight while expecting her first baby.
The reality TV star admitted she was “surprised” at her low weight gain and also shared that she got pregnant just a month after starting her family planning journey.
She told fans, “I weighed myself towards the end, I was about 1 1/2 stone taller. I really thought I was going to explode pregnant but I really surprised myself.
When asked if she was planning on starting a family, the media personality said she “felt the time was right” because she was happy with her relationship with Danny.
“Yeah, we planned and fell in the first month, but everyone is different. I don’t know if you think the time is right, ”she said.
“I was just really happy in my relationship and I knew it was right and I always wanted to be a mom.
“Also, I have had a lot of practice with my sisters’ babies, the only difference is that I have to return them. [sic]
Family trip: Chloe welcomed son Beau with partner Danny Flasher in October last year and the family recently enjoyed a trip to Ibiza