Information about flat head syndrome in babies

Staff, parents and the children from St Luke's Nursery on Barnsley Road, South Kirkby, hold a pyjama party to help raise funds for 6 month old Frankie Oxley, who needs a special hat/helmet as he has 'Flat Head Syndrome' which will cost �2000 to buy.'h311a313
Staff, parents and the children from St Luke's Nursery on Barnsley Road, South Kirkby, hold a pyjama party to help raise funds for 6 month old Frankie Oxley, who needs a special hat/helmet as he has 'Flat Head Syndrome' which will cost �2000 to buy.'h311a313

Caring youngsters at a South Kirkby nursery dressed in pyjamas to raise money to help tot Frankie Oxley-Baines who has flat head syndrome.

The children of St Luke’s Nursery collected £241 to help pay for treatment for seven-month-old Frankie who has brachycephaly - a condition which causes the back of his head to be flat.

Frankie’s mum Laura Oxley-Baines, 28, from South Elmsall, said: “We first noticed Frankie had flat head syndrome when he was four months old. We took him for a scan and were told by doctors that he had severe brachycephaly.

“Research has shown that flat head syndrome can affect a baby’s eyesight and hearing, although Frankie seems fine at the moment.

“The condition isn’t treated on the NHS and we want to change that and raise awareness.”

Frankie has been receiving treatment at specialist clinic in Leeds.

Mrs Oxley-Baines, of Edna Street, said: “Frankie needed a helmet to realign the shape of his head. It cost £2,000 for the helmet and follow up scans.

“He’s had the helmet for a month and has to wear it 23 hours a day.”

Pam Ward, manager at St Luke’s, said: “Frankie’s older brother Charlie has been to our nursery and we wanted to help him because Laura has helped with our fundraising events.

“Pastor Martin Sullivan from St Luke’s Church is going to double what we raised.”

Mrs Oxley-Baines added: “Any extra cash raised will be donated to Headstart4babies - a charity set up to help babies with flat head syndrome.”