Parents’ anger over ‘cosmetic’ problem claim

Margaret Watson says the NHS has done little to help her children (left to right) Calum, Conor and Niamh, who have all been affected by 'flat head syndrome'
Margaret Watson says the NHS has done little to help her children (left to right) Calum, Conor and Niamh, who have all been affected by 'flat head syndrome'
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Motherwell mum-of-three Margaret Watson says her children are living proof that the NHS approach to a condition affecting as many as one in 40 children doesn’t work.

It’s called plagiocephaly - better known as “flat head syndrome” - and can leave children with unsightly cranial deformation.

Margaret argues “helmet therapy” with special equipmnent can make a dramatic difference if children are treated at the right age - ideally, between four months and a year - but the NHS doesn’t recognise this form of treatment.

Margaret said: “Basically they have adopted a ‘wait and see’ approach, claiming it will sort itself out as a child grows older.

“But unfortunately they are wrong - as me and my husband Edward and many other parents know to their cost.”

She says she was told by her GP the NHS would not offer treatment because it was a “purely cosmetic” .

The couple are trying to raise a further £2,000 for helmet therapy for one of their six-month twins, who also shows signs of plagiocephaly - and in the meantime say they are determined to raise awareness about a problem they insist has been “swept under the carpet”.