Your newborn baby’s skull is made out of soft plates with spaces between them. As your baby grows, these plates also grows, gradually hardens and ultimately fuse together. In some cases you will notice that your baby’s skull presents with an uneven appearance or flat like surface at the back of the skull. This can, in most cases, be contributed to your baby sleeping in the same position too frequently, ‘manipulating’ the soft skull into an undesirable shape.
Since the adoption of the “back to sleep” program, advocated by pediatricians, we have noticed a surge in deformational skull anomalies . All though the ”back to sleep” method has proven to greatly reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), in some cases we do see skull deformities develop.
It is important to mention that the shape of your infants skull is not only important for cosmetic effects, but also proven to have direct connections to hearing – and vision defects. From a more anatomical view, asymmetry of the skull risks the misalignment of your infants jaw and the risk of neck muscle asymmetry. All of these factors will have to be addressed in future if not treated timeously.
There are various diagnoses, each with there own specific presentation. All that matters is, if your baby’s head shape looks out of the norm, it needs to be treated before it is fused permanently.
It is also important to emphasize that this condition will likely not resolve itself and the earlier detected, the better the outcome of the treatment will be.
If you are uncertain about your baby’s head shape, it is important to consult with a trained medical professional so the relevant screening can be done.
A Cranial Orthosis is precisely custom manufactured according to the shape and desired outcome of your baby’s head, and allows for the soft skull to remodel itself and correct undesirable malformations.
Although the best outcomes are achieved if treatment is administrated between the age 4 to 6 months, good results can still be achieved if treatment is started before your baby turns 12 months old. Reasonable results can still be achieved up to 18 months, which is the cut of for cranial remolding therapy.
Screening can already be done from the age of 3 months upwards.