When 4-month-old Jonas Gutierrez started wearing his helmet last week in San Antonio, his 3-year-old sister, Camila, wanted one too so her brother wouldn’t “feel different.”
As reported by TV Station KENS, soon, the whole family had head gear and the photos spread across the internet. “I love that Camila can be exposed to something valuable like inclusion for those who are ‘different,’” the siblings’ mother, Shayna Gutierrez, said. “But the truth is we were just being our normal selves on a normal Saturday morning at home, and just give in to the requests of our 3-year-old who asks us to wear helmets.”
Apparently, among babies, flat heads aren’t uncommon, and half of all infants may develop flat-head syndrome, which is when babies’ heads become distorted from all the time they spend on their backs. Babies wearing corrective helmets to treat the condition isn’t rare either, but a whole family wearing helmets is solidarity is rare.
While Jonas is too young to appreciate the kind gesture by her family, Shayna said that it will make for sweet sibling bonding. Jonas will have to wear the helmet for two to six months and he has to be very careful about his sleeping habits. “He has great muscle control and does his recommended tummy time, but he just always settled on that spot and slept with his head right on it,” Shayna explained.
“At first I felt a bit guilty but I got over that quickly,” Shayna added, saying: “We thank God for two healthy kids and for fun time spent together as a family.”
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[Featured Image Credit: Shayna Gutierrez/KENS]
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Author: Jenna Cossuto