Corrective helmets are used to help treat children with lasting flat spots on their heads to help reshape their skulls. This condition is known as flat-head syndrome and it affects about 10% of infants. Luckily, the effects of the condition are completely reversible if it is diagnosed and treated before the skull has fully hardened.
The corrective helmets used for treatment are generally plain-looking, with most being made of a strong, white plastic. However, artist Paula Strawn had other ideas and decided to decorate them instead. Her incredible painted helmets have now been worn by thousands of smiling children.
It’s Not Just About Making Things Pretty…
Strawn started painting the helmets to help change the perception around them. On her Facebook page, she explains: “I believe a fun and friendly design is an attitude changer for parents, family, friends, and anyone who comes in contact with baby. Instead of pitying or worried looks, you will have people saying “oh how cute!”
She further explains that the painted helmets create a good icebreaker for parents to comfortably discuss flat-head syndrome.