Marnie Simpson has revealed her son Oax has had a helmet fitted after being diagnosed with Torticollis, a skull muscular disorder which 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 headpiece in a Sunday Instagram post.
Admitting she felt ‘overwhelmed’, Marnie explained how his Plagiocephaly treatment has begun while promising to document the whole process.
Adorable: Marnie Simpson has revealed her son Oax has had a helmet fitted after being diagnosed with Torticollis, a skull muscular disorder which causes the head to tilt
She wrote in her caption: ‘So baby Oax had his helmet fitted yesterday and his Plagiocephaly treatment has begun, to say I’m feeling overwhelmed is a 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 guys @technologyinmotion are so comforting and have made me feel as content as possible about the whole experience!
‘I’ll document the whole progress made for everyone to see and I’ll keep everyone up to date how we’re getting on if anyone wants any advice my DM is always open.’
Marnie previously she was ‘shocked’ to learn her son’s condition was ‘severe’, adding that he is currently having physio appointments and will soon get a helmet fitted.
Doting mum: Admitting she felt ‘overwhelmed’, Marnie explained how his Plagiocephaly treatment has begun while promising to document the whole process
She explained how the issue was brought on from his position in the womb ‘which has left him unable to move his head left’.
Sharing a photo of the little one and a graph, she began: ‘Hey guys I’ve got so many DMs regarding Oax and his plagiocephaly process.
‘So basically Oax has torticollis from his position in the womb which has left him unable to move his head left.
‘This is hopefully improving with his physio appointments with the osteopath, however this condition has left him with plagiocephaly (the head is flattened on one side, causing it to look asymmetrical.
Worry: She wrote in her caption: ‘So baby Oax had his helmet fitted yesterday and his Plagiocephaly treatment has begun, to say I’m feeling overwhelmed is a understatement!’
The reality star added: ‘This can cause the ears to be misaligned and the head looks like a parallelogram when seen from above.
‘Sometimes the forehead and face may bulge a little on the flat side) as you can see on Oax’s graph he’s on the severe side which even shocked me.
‘I’m being open about his process as I know so many parents don’t even know about this issue and it gets left.
‘He’s had his measurements taken yesterday by @technologyinmotion and in 2 weeks he’ll get his helmet fitted.
Cute: Marnie previously she was ‘shocked’ to learn her son’s condition was ‘severe’, adding that he is currently having physio appointments and will soon get a helmet fitted
Explaining: She said that he is currently having physio appointments and will soon get a helmet fitted while sharing a diagram
‘This company was recommended to me by various different places I’ve heard there the best Oax’s head should end up in the yellow/green zone which is fab.
‘Treatment should start between 4-6 months while the skulls are soft any questions let me know I’m happy to answer!
‘I’ve taken before pictures so I can accurately compare and document the process for you all.’
Taking to Instagram in May, Casey revealed their baby boy was called Oax Rubi Johnson, gushing the newborn had ‘completed their family’.
Worrying: Marnie shared a photo of the little one, who she shares with her fiancé Casey Johnson, 27, as well as a graph
Helping others: The reality star wrote alongside: ‘Hey guys I’ve got so many DMs regarding Oax and his plagiocephaly process…’
Casey, who already has son Rox with wife-to-be Marnie also shared a sweet image tenderly kissing his baby boy as he revealed the tot’s name.
In the caption wrote: ‘Welcome to the world my boy, Oax Rubi Johnson.
‘6.13 pounds. Born at 11:30am, 16.05.22. Our beautiful boy you have completed our family.”
Marnie announced the news she’d given birth on her Instagram page on Wednesday morning, telling fans: ‘Baby boy has arrived safe and sound.’
Kiss-kiss: Taking to Instagram in May, Casey revealed their baby boy was called Oax Rubi Johnson, gushing the newborn had ‘completed their family’
Marnie, who shared the news with an adorable black and white image of her baby’s tiny hand, wrote: ‘We’re completely in awe, our family is complete.’
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 share more about her birth experience, telling her followers: ‘Guys, baby boy has arrived.
‘I can’t even explain how obsessed with are with him, he’s just perfect. What a different experience that was compared to the birth of Rox, which I’m very grateful for. I can’t wait to show you all, but me and Casey have decided to wait a bit so we can enjoy him ourselves for a little while.’
Marnie then pans to Casey and asks: ‘You’re a dad of two, how does it feel?’ Casey sweetly responds: ‘It’s amazing. I’m just staring at him now and I love him so much.’
Several famous friends were quick to congratulate the pair on their baby boy, including Geordie Shore stars Charlotte Crosby, Chloe Ferry and Holly Hagan.
WHAT IS TORTICOLLIS?
Torticollis is the medical term for a twisted 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 thought to be cased by involuntary contractions of the neck muscles.
This form of the condition usually develops slowly and appears when a patient is 30-to-50.
Other causes can include an infection of the head or neck, which inflames the lymph nodes in the neck.
The muscles over these lymph nodes may contract, causing the head to tilt.
In rare cases, torticollis can be brought on by tumours, scar tissue or arthritis of the spine.
In the short term, torticollis can be uncomfortable and makes moving the neck difficult.
Other symptoms include oculogyric crisis – when the eyes involuntarily move ‘upwards’ – and protrusion of the tongue.
If severe cases go untreated, the constant tension can cause the muscles in the neck to swell and pressure to be put on the nerve roots.
This has been linked to degenerative spine disease, which occurs when the discs between the vertebrae break down.
Treatments aim to relax the contracted neck muscles, which may include medication or stretching exercises.
In severe cases, surgery may be required to sever the upper neck nerves or muscles to prevent contraction.
This is usually successful, however, the neck can go back to its twisted position after several months.
In very rare circumstances, deep brain stimulation may be necessary.
This involves inserting a wire into the area of the brain that controls movement.
Electrical signals are then sent out to disrupt the process that causes torticollis.