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”.