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Soft Helmet Use and Care Guide

Soft Protective Helmet

The soft protective helmet is made of a breathable foam that is designed to protect your child’s brain.  There is an easily adjustable snap-closure chinstrap to keep helmet in place


While your child is in the hospital an orthotist (someone who makes and fits braces and splints) will fit them for a helmet.  The orthotist will measure your child’s head to make sure that the helmet is not too tight or too loose. Custom padding is almost always needed to help secure the fit and help protect areas of concern like the injured area

  • The front of the helmet should sit right above the eyebrow.
  • Helmet should be secure on head without rotating or shifting.
  • If the fit of the helmet changes, call the orthotist for help in adjusting the fit which may include adding pads to help the helmet fit better.
  • Use adjustable chin strap to prevent helmet from falling off.

Skin Checks

Helmet should be removed daily for hygiene purposes and for skin checks.  If injury or surgical site is present, carefully inspect this area.  If you notice skin irritation or sores, please contact the clinic immediately.   

Cleaning and Maintenance

The helmet should be washed regularly, by hand, in hot soapy water.  Helmet should be fully dried before it is worn.  Do NOT use harsh chemical cleaners as this could cause skin irritation and damage to the helmet.  Check the helmet regularly for rips/tears and if there are concerns, please reach out for repair or replacement. 

Wear Schedule

Protective helmets are usually worn whenever the patient is sitting upright, standing or is at risk for falling.  Your doctor should give you instructions on when to wear the soft helmet. 


This information is not specific to your child but provides general information. If you have any questions, please call your clinic.

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