A SEVEN-month-old baby who developed a misshapen skull has seen his corrective headguard given a free makeover by a local company.

Samuel Tuft was diagnosed with plagiocephaly, also known as flat head syndrome, and is required to wear a corrective helmet for 23 hours a day until he reaches the age of one.

To make the headguard more appealing, his mother Amy sent out an appeal on social media to find a local business who could help.

And Ultra Wraps in Northwich stepped up to the plate and offered to wrap the helmet to make Samuel look like Ironman free of charge.

“I wanted to have the helmet covered in some sort of artwork but as I am are new to the area, I didn’t know where to start,” said Amy.

“I used a Northwich group on social media and asked locals for some advice and where I could go.

“The response I received was really heart-warming, with lots of local artists contacting me and offering to help.

“Among the replies was James Gregory from Ultra Wraps, who kindly offered to wrap the helmet in vinyl for free.”

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James collaborated with another local company, Vital Signs, to design the wrap, and Amy wanted to thank both him and everyone else who helped to make Samuel’s helmet more appealing.

“We couldn’t be happier with the finished article and would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped us,” Amy added.

“The support they have given us and the way the community has come together to help us has been fantastic.

“We are all really appreciative of the generosity shown by people like James, especially as we are so new to the area.”

Babies sometimes develop a flattened head after birth as their skull is still relatively soft and can change shape under pressure.

These problems are quite common, affecting around one in every five babies at some point and in most cases, it is not a major cause for concern.

For more information on flat head syndrome, view the NHS’s advice website here.