Helmet to provide speedy solution to flat head problem

Flat recovery: Connor Whittle in his helmet with mum Michelle.

Flat recovery: Connor Whittle in his helmet with mum Michelle.

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LITTLE Connor Whittle may look like a racing driver in a crash helmet.

But the headgear, which he wears 23 hours a day, is to correct a flat area of his skull.

Seven-month-old Connor is wearing the helmet to sort out a common infant conditon, ‘flat head syndrome’.

Parents Michelle and Jason Whittle, of Edenthorpe, used their savings to have the special helmet, called a Starband, made for Connor.

He has been wearing his £2,000 Starband for nine weeks and already his skull has realigned so it is eight rather than 12 milimetres out of place.

The helmet can be removed when the measurement is classed as ‘normal’ at 3mm, which the Whittles hope will be by Christmas.

Connor wears the helmet for 23 hours a day and is a happy and healthy little boy.

Kate Chauhan, clinical specialist orthotist at the Steeper Clinic in Leeds, has been treating Connor, and has helped the family in getting the helmet fitted.