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This Texas Family Wears Helmets At Home For The Sweetest Reason

Texas-based writer Shea Serrano (Grantland, The Ringer) recently posted a photo of his cousin’s family hanging out at home. And yes, they’re wearing helmets. While the image might seem like they are getting ready for a family bike ride, the caption paints a different, more touching picture. According to Serrano, the baby of the family wears a head shaping helmet. The helmet, medically known as a cranial orthosis, is used to shape a baby’s head who has plagiocephaly, brachycephaly, or scaphocephaly, according to Cranial Tech. Essentially, the baby is born with a flat or misshapen head and the cranial orthosis is used to mold the head.

Gary Gutierrez, Shea Serrano’s cousin, has the whole family wearing helmets in solidarity with the youngest member of the family.

According to ABC News, the Gutierrez family’s baby boy was diagnosed with severe case plagiocephaly and the problem continued to get worse. After seeing a doctor, the San Antonio family was given a helmet that would reshape his head. The baby, named Jonas, has to wear the helmet 23 hours a day for six months, according to CBS News. Serrano snapped a picture of the family as the father was cooking dinner and posted it to Twitter. By the time of this story being written, the tweet had more than 29,000 retweets and more than 116,000 likes.

The tweet got people talking about their own experiences with plagiocephaly and cranial orthosis treatments.

“We’re really grateful that people have been moved by this,” Shayna Gutierrez, Jonas’ mother, told CBS News. “We’re just an average family trying to do our best.”

The tweet and image have really touched people who can relate.

Just goes to show you that you are never truly alone in your struggle and situation.

Other people were just moved to silence but the kind of love and solidarity being shown by this family.

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People just couldn’t get over how sweet this gesture is.

That’s what family is all about.


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Dad Shaves Baby’s Head While Mom Was Sleeping And We Think A Latina Abuelita Had Something To Do With It

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Dad Shaves Baby’s Head While Mom Was Sleeping And We Think A Latina Abuelita Had Something To Do With It

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Dads, you have to love them, especially when they’re left to rule the house when mom’s away. While they generally try their hardest, some dads can be big kids and the house will essentially remain unsupervised by a responsible adult. This mom learned that the hard way after she handed over the torch of responsibility to dad while she took a little nap. She woke up to find that dad had shaved off the baby’s hair and her reaction is priceless.

This video proves that sometimes you just can’t trust a Latino dad alone with the children.

New mom Jasmin Aileen Valero, wanted to catch up on some sleep after the exhausting task of taking care of her newborn baby. Dad, Joshua Luevanoz, was entrusted with watching over baby Jazlyn, while mom took a little nap. To Jasmin’s surprise, she woke up to find out that dad had shaved Jazlin’s entire head of hair, leaving their newborn looking like a little diaper-wearing kiwi.

Mom clearly didn’t expect to wake up to such a surprise. Suffice it to say, she wasn’t happy.

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The Californian family shared the video of Jasmin being given the shock of a lifetime and the internet loved it, except for a few viewers going as far as to call it ‘child abuse.’

Jasmin had only just woke up when Joshua handed her the baby and began filming. Next thing you know, he’s pulling a little blanket off Jazlyn’s head to reveal their newly bald baby. Jasmin’s reaction is one of true surprise or horror if you will. “Why’d you do that?” she asks holding back shocked laughter and tears. Many news outlets have reported that dad shaved the baby’s head as a prank. But if you grew up Latino, you know that in a Latino household, shaving a baby’s head is no prank, it’s serious business and there’s bound to be a group of elders putting pressure on the new parents to rid the child of his or her hair, for the sake of tradition. 

 Behind every bald baby, there’s an Abuelita or tía telling new parents everything about the millenary tradition of shaving the baby’s head.

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“Is shaving the newborn baby’s hair necessary for his hair to grow stronger?” 

The Latino tradition of shaving the baby’s hair is true and old. Many call it: pelar, rapar, rasurar or afeitar al bebé. It’s a tradition widely spread throughout many Hispanic countries. I can confirm that it’s a common practice in Venezuela, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Spain, Ecuador, and Mexico. Why do crazy moms, abuelas —and unsuspecting dads as it turns out shave the baby’s hair? According to tradition, the new hair will grow thicker, more evenly, and beautiful. 

Experts explain that shaving a baby’s hair will not make it thicker or change its texture. Baby hair changes depend on the normal development of the child, and his or her genetic make-up. Where this tradition started, I wouldn’t know, trying to find out would be like trying to trace back the origin of ‘el cucuy, ‘nobody knows, it’s just been a tradition for centuries and centuries. There’s no information explaining where we picked up this idea from. But it is, unfortunately for this mom, still a very common practice. 

Latinos aren’t the only peoples who shave off little innocent babies’ heads. Muslims do it too, perhaps this is where the tradition started?

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Surprisingly, Latinos aren’t the only people who believe in this magic capillary legend. Shaving the baby’s head on his seventh day on earth is a common practice amongst Sunnah Islamic followers. They believe that only boys should have their heads shaved as “a means to drive them closer to Allaah.” If we keep in mind that many Latino traditions originate from Spain, which was occupied by Muslims for centuries, maybe that has something to do with how all the shaving started.

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Young Girl Dies In Hot Car After Mom Left Her To Go Drinking With Friend For 5 Hours

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Young Girl Dies In Hot Car After Mom Left Her To Go Drinking With Friend For 5 Hours

Authorities are investigating the death of a 2-year-old child after she was left in a car for five hours. The child, June Love Agosto, was left in the car by her mother with the heater turned on in Torrance, California. According to the National Safety Council, on average, 38 children under the age of 15 die of heatstroke from being left in cars every year.

A community is grieving the tragic death of 2-year-old June Love Agosto.

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According to KCOP, the little girl was left in a car with the heater turned on and the windows rolled up for 5 hours. Agosto was under a blanket as the heater warmed up the air inside the car. The outside temperature that night was about 70F.

Her mother, who has not been identified, is still in police custody.

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Agosto’s mom admits to leaving her in the car while she sat in her friend’s car next to hers to drink. She and her friend drank until she fell asleep. She woke up five hours later and found her daughter in the car with vomit on her clothes and burns on her body from the heat.

The death has been ruled an accident.

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According to reports, Agosto’s mother pulled the child from the car and laid her on the grass. She then sprayed water on the child’s body to cool her down but paramedics were not able to revive her.

Agosto’s grandmother told media that the family is devastated by the tragic death.

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“She’s my only grandchild. I just came out here and June celebrated her second birthday. June Love was a beautiful baby, she deserved a good life. She deserved to grow up, go to school,” Helen Hernandez, Agosto’s grandmother, told KCOP.

“Our family is broken, we just need prayers and we’re just broken,” said godmother Jessica Peterson-Burns told KCOP.

The family has set up a GoFundMe to cover costs associated with Agosto’s death.

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“This page is being set up on behalf of my Cousin Garry who has experienced the worse loss ever of his daughter June Love Agosto. June was just 2 years old, full of life and loved by so many,” reads the GoFundMe page. “Unfortunately, a tragedy occurred and beautiful June has become an Angel in Heaven. Any donation is greatly appreciated as they will help to pay for funeral services.”

You can check out the GoFundMe page here.

People on social media are sharing their disbelief and anger over this death.

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Rest in peace, sweet June Love.

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