Chrissy Teigen might be the queen supreme of shutting down internet trolls, and we are so here for it. In the latest of what seems like a never-ending influx of online shade thrown her way, Teigen silences yet another stream of mom-shamers - this time, for criticizing her son's corrective helmet.
On Wednesday, she shared an adorable selfie of her and her seven-month-old son Miles, who was sporting some brand new headgear. In the caption, Teigen explained that it was actually a corrective helmet that would help fix his flat spot.
"My baby bug got his head shaping helmet today," she said. "Please don't feel bad for him if you see photos. He is a happy bug and we're just fixing his flat."
Despite the overwhelming love and support fans threw her way, it didn't take long for the trolls to come out of the woodwork.
"Why change what God has made?" one user wrote.
"He just needs tummy time," another chimed in.
Over on Twitter, Teigen provided some additional context that led to the decision to get Miles fitted with a helmet, hoping that this would be enough of an explanation.
"Good morning trolls! Just a friendly reminder that you do not indeed know absolutely everything. Miles has been seeing a physiotherapist - we didn’t just go straight to helmet. We tried muscle work and will continue. Also your flat headed kid turned out fine yes yes yes I agree."
There are in fact, several reasons why young children require helmets. One of the most common reasons - like with the case of little Miles - is due to a condition called positional plagiocephaly, most commonly referred to as having a "flat spot". Newborn skulls are quite soft, and if they have a preferred side to sleep, it can become flat or slightly misshapen.
According to John Hopkins, corrective helmets are sometimes used to "gently correct the shape of babies' skulls over time".
According to Samantha Lam-Bellissimo, manager of the Orthotics Clinic at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, this condition is not dangerous to a child's brain development, but it can become permanent if not corrected early.
"Like it or not, we live in a society that judges you on the way you look," she said. "If your head is largely misshapen, there can be some psycho-social effects growing up if your head [is] significantly different to other children.”
Despite the negativity of a few, something beautiful happened as a result of Teigen's openness and honesty. On Twitter, people began sharing photos of their own children wearing helmets in response to her post about Miles, creating a thread of adorable babies absolutely rocking their colourful and creative helmets.
Teigen herself, however, won the award for the best self-deprecating punchline.
"I have been told it's too late for my head," she joked.