A slightly different post from the usual stuff i’ve been posting recently. As you may or may not know, My little boy Thomas suffers from Epilepsy. He has recently been having an increase in his “Drop Seizures” which is very dangerous as he regularly hurts himself.
Epilepsy Helmets / Seizure Helmets
The reason for posting is this… There is not a lot of information on the internet regarding epilepsy helmets & epilepsy protective headgear for sufferers of “Atonic Seizures“. Thomas has to wear a “Scrum” type epilepsy helmet (also called seizure helmet) with a chin guard everywhere he goes. Check the photo out, (Yes he is very cheeky).
There aren’t many companies making these seizure helmets, the photo example isn’t a particularly well made helmet either. We have had all sorts of problems with getting him a decent epilepsy helmet through the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham. The company they used to use was useless… (used to use is the key here…) This company were forever getting the measurements wrong, and the epilepsy helmets (Like the one pictured here) were very poor quality and not easily cleaned.
Since these mistakes have been made, the Orthotics Department at the hospital have changed the suppliers. and now use a company called Dudley Surgical Appliances – http://www.dsa-orthotics.co.uk/.
Dudley Surgical Appliances – Seizure Helmets
I have been very impressed with this company, they have produced a higher quality epilepsy helmet for him, and we even met the Managing Director who personally oversaw the manufacture of Thomas’ helmet.
They got the measurements spot on, they delivered the helmet on time unlike the old company (who shall remain nameless). The overall quality of the helmet is excellent. We have had a few teething problems with it, the chin straps seem to be stretching due to them being made from leather but this will be rectified im sure.
I would highly reccomend this company. If you are looking at getting a helmet for yourself or a loved one visit their site and contact them or discuss them with your hospital & epilepsy nurses. Contact them about your Epilepsy Protective Helmets.
A Closer Look.
And so a closer look at the seizure helmet made by DSA. As you can see comparing these photos to the photo above, it is a lot higher quality.