Marnie Simpson has revealed her son Oax had a helmet fitted after he was diagnosed with torticollis, a muscle disorder in the skull that causes the head to tilt.
The former Geordie Shore star, 30, shared a photo of the four-month-old – who she shares with her fiancé Casey Johnson, 27 – wearing the medical helmet in an Instagram post on Sunday.
Admitting she felt “overwhelmed”, Marnie opened up about how her plagiocephaly treatment started while promising to document the whole process.
Adorable: Marnie Simpson has revealed her son Oax had a helmet fitted after being diagnosed with torticollis, a muscle disorder of the skull that causes the head to tilt
She wrote in her caption, “So baby Oax had his helmet fitted yesterday and his treatment for plagiocephaly has begun, to say I feel overwhelmed is an understatement!”
‘But I trust the process and I know it’s going to be a journey for us as a family, and it’s going to take some serious perseverance from me and Casey but the @technologyinmotion guys are so heartwarming and made me feel as happy as can be about the whole experience!
“I will be documenting all of the progress for everyone to see and will keep everyone updated on developments if anyone wants advice, my DM is always open.”
Earlier, Marnie was ‘shocked’ to learn her son’s condition was ‘serious’, adding that he is currently having physiotherapy appointments and will soon be getting a helmet fitted.
Doting mum: Admitting she felt ‘overwhelmed’, Marnie explained how her plagiocephaly treatment started while promising to document the whole process
She explained how the problem was caused by her position in the womb “which prevented her from moving her head to the left”.
Sharing a photo of the little one and a graphic, she began: ‘Hey guys I have so many DMs regarding Oax and their plagiocephaly process.
“So basically Oax has torticollis from his position in the womb which has prevented him from moving his head to the left.
“I hope it improves with his physio appointments with the osteopath, but this condition has left him with plagiocephaly (the head is flattened on one side, giving it an asymmetrical appearance.
Worry: She wrote in her caption: ‘So baby Oax had his helmet fitted yesterday and his treatment for plagiocephaly has started, to say I feel overwhelmed is an understatement!
The reality star added: “It can cause the ears to be misaligned and the head to look like a parallelogram when viewed from above.”
“Sometimes the forehead and face can bulge out a bit on the flat side), as you can see from the Oax chart, it’s on the severe side, which even shocked me.
“I’m open about his process because I know so many parents aren’t even aware of this issue and it’s being left out.
“He had his measurements taken yesterday by @technologyinmotion and in 2 weeks he will have his helmet fitted.
Cute: Marnie previously was ‘shocked’ to learn her son’s condition was ‘serious’, adding that he currently has physio appointments and will soon be getting a helmet fitted
Explain: She said he currently has physio appointments and will soon have a helmet fitted while sharing a diagram
“This company was recommended to me by different places where I heard that the best head in Oax should end up in the yellow/green zone, which is fabulous.
‘Treatment should start between 4 and 6 months while the skulls are soft, please let me know I’ll be happy to answer!
“I took photos before so I could accurately compare and document the process for all of you.”
Taking to Instagram in May, Casey revealed their baby boy was named Oax Rubi Johnson, gushing that the newborn had “completed their family”.
Worrying: Marnie shared a photo of the little one, which she shares with her fiancé Casey Johnson, 27, along with a graphic
Helping others: The reality star wrote alongside: ‘Hey guys I got so many DM’s regarding Oax and his plagiocephaly process…’
Casey, who already has son Rox with future wife Marnie, also shared a sweet image tenderly embracing her baby boy as he revealed the tot’s name.
The caption read: “Welcome to the world my boy, Oax Rubi Johnson.
‘6.13 pounds. Born at 11:30 a.m. on 05.16.22. Our beautiful boy, you have completed our family.”
Marnie broke the news that she had given birth on her Instagram page on Wednesday morning, telling fans, “The baby arrived safe and sound.”
Kiss-kiss: Taking to Instagram in May, Casey revealed their baby boy was named Oax Rubi Johnson, gushing the newborn had ‘completed his family’
Marnie, who shared the news with an adorable black and white image of her baby’s tiny hand, wrote: “We are completely impressed, our family is complete.”
The former Union J member shared the post on his Stories and wrote, “My boy has arrived.”
The reality personality also took to her Instagram Stories to learn more about her birth experience, telling her followers, “Guys, the baby boy has arrived.
“I can’t even explain how obsessed I am with him, he’s just perfect. What a different experience compared to the birth of Rox, for which I am very grateful. I can’t wait to show you all, but me and Casey decided to hold off so we could enjoy it ourselves for a little while.
Marnie then turns to Casey and asks, “You’re a father of two, how does that feel?” Casey replies sweetly: ‘It’s amazing. I’m just watching it now and loving it so much.
Several famous friends were quick to congratulate the couple on their baby boy, including Geordie Shore stars Charlotte Crosby, Chloe Ferry and Holly Hagan.
WHAT IS TORTICOLLIS?
Torticollis is the medical term for twisting of the neck, which causes the head to tilt.
It can be brought on suddenly by trauma to the spine or neck muscles.
Torticollis can also run in families, which is believed to be caused by involuntary contractions of the neck muscles.
This form of the disease usually develops slowly and appears when a patient is between 30 and 50 years old.
Other causes can include a head or neck infection, which inflames the lymph nodes in the neck.
The muscles above these lymph nodes can contract, causing the head to tilt.
In rare cases, torticollis can be caused by tumors, scar tissue, or arthritis in the spine.
In the short term, torticollis can be uncomfortable and make it difficult to move the neck.
Other symptoms include oculogyric crisis – when the eyes involuntarily move “upward” – and protrusion of the tongue.
If severe cases are left untreated, the constant strain can cause neck muscles to swell and put pressure on nerve roots.
It has been linked to a degenerative disease of the spine, which occurs when the discs between the vertebrae break down.
Treatments aim to relax tight muscles in the neck, which may include medication or stretching exercises.
In severe cases, surgery may be needed to cut nerves or muscles in the upper neck to prevent contraction.
This is usually successful, however, the neck may return to its twisted position after several months.
In very rare circumstances, deep brain stimulation may be necessary.
It involves inserting a wire into the area of the brain that controls movement.
Electrical signals are then sent to disrupt the process that causes torticollis.