When Does Your Baby Really Need Craniosynostosis Surgery?


One of the causes of a misshapen can develop in your baby after birth. The primary cause for this condition is when there are outside forces applying constant pressure on one part of his head. The first 6 – 8 weeks of your baby’s life are the most crucial time to avoid a flattened head, mainly because the bones in a newborn baby’s head at this time are thin and flexible and their head is soft and easy to mold. Seeking professional help early is essential if you see that your baby’s head is becoming flattened in areas or their head/neck favors facing a certain direction. (which could mean that your baby has Torticollis)

Sometimes when movement in the uterus is restricted there are chances of developing positional plagiocephaly. It can develop if the mother has a multiple pregnancy or it can happen with breech babies who get wedged under their mother’s ribs. When babies are born and spend time in a position that puts pressure on one part of their skull, there is risk of typically developing this condition known as positional plagiocephaly.

When this condition is present during the time of birth or becomes much more noticeable after birth, the baby may have a birth defect known as craniosynostosis. Craniosynostosis is when the joints between the bones of the baby’s skull close too early, experts recommend Craniosynostosis Surgery for this condition, as it helps the brain grow properly.

There are different surgical options for craniosynostosis such as

  • Traditional surgery, also called calvarial vault remodeling
  • Minimally invasive endoscopic surgery

Coronal Synostosis is a condition that affects the side of the skull where the forehead and the frontal lobe grow and expand forward. When this suture closes too early, the condition is known as anterior plagiocephaly where the forehead is recessed and flattened, and the eye socket is elevated and tilted. The baby with Coronal Synostosis will have a nose that deviates to the side. Babies often want to tilt their head to the side in order to prevent seeing double. This may also cause torticollis.

In Sagittal craniosynostosis the suture is located at the midline, on top of the skull and extends from the soft spot towards the back of the head. It is the most common type of single suture synostosis. At the resourceful website of Cappskids.org you can explore everything about the condition and how to find help. Cappskids.org is a Specialist Directory and Condition Specific Telehealth Provider.