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dolichocephaly shaped head? mommy to R [ERF] 1 child; Alaska 344 posts
22nd Mar '11

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Kristen ♥'s Cambria 2 kids; Gold Coast, Australia 2877 posts
22nd Mar '11

From what I just read, it doesn't appear to be anything to do with a brain damage or anything like that, just a skeletal deformity that needs to be fixed with surgery. I'm sorry I'm not much help but I hope your little one is ok *hugs*

HotMom21ERF Due December 17 (twins); 1 child; Kentucky 20669 posts
22nd Mar '11


This is what i found . good luck mama ill be praying for you and baby!

CAN DOLICHOCEPHALY AFFECT BRAIN DEVELOPMENT?

Yes. In severe cases, dolichocephaly can result in increased pressure on the growing brain, leading to brain impairment and mental retardation. Pictures of the brain can be taken with CT (Computerized Axial Tomography) scans to determine if there are any abnormalities.
IS DOLICHOCEPHALY SERIOUS?
Dolichocephaly is not always serious, since the condition ranges from mild to severe. In fact, most children who are treated for dolichocephaly with surgery (see below) go on to lead normal lives. However, dolichocephaly is associated with dozens of developmental disabilities that can result in mental retardation. Psychological problems such as poor self-esteem and depression can also occur as the child gets older. An abnormal skull shape can also lead to difficulties with chewing, swallowing, vision, and breathing. The longer the skull, the greater the risk of serious associated problems.
HOW IS DOLICHOCEPHALY TREATED?
Since dolichocephaly is due to the sagittal sutures (see picture above) closing too early, treatment involves removing bone from the middle of this suture. The surgery works best when done before nine months of age. The surgery is usually very successful and causes the skull to take on a more normal shape. A cut or opening is made behind the hairline so there is no visible scar after the surgery because it will be covered by the hair. The hair is not shaved during the surgery. After the surgery, the total hospital stay is usually about three to four days. The eyes and forehead swell after the operation and the eyes are actually swollen shut for a few days. In general, children typically tolerate the surgery very well.

anthonys mommy! 1 child; Corbin, Kentucky 452 posts
22nd Mar '11

hope everything is okay keep us posted momma!!!!!

Kristen ♥'s Cambria 2 kids; Gold Coast, Australia 2877 posts
22nd Mar '11
Quoting HotMom21ERF:" This is what i found . good luck mama ill be praying for you and baby! CAN DOLICHOCEPHALY AFFECT ... [snip!] ... and the eyes are actually swollen shut for a few days. In general, children typically tolerate the surgery very well. "


Bugger. I fail at google :(



OP, I hope everything turns out to be the best case scenario for you and your tiny baby.

mommy to R [ERF] 1 child; Alaska 344 posts
22nd Mar '11

thanks guys!

Rachel Plus 2 & 1/2 Due March 13 (boy); 2 kids; Florida 1361 posts
23rd Mar '11
Quoting Ryelynn's mommy!:" Im 27 weeks, and 5 days today. I just had an ultrasound and the baby is breech and the tech said she ... [snip!] ... exactly? I know it means the head is oval shaped. But does it mean somethings wrong with her? :( im really scared. thanks."


http://www.londonorthotics.co.uk/plagiocephaly/deformational.html



Hope that helps. It tells you a little bit about it. It doesn't mean that your baby will have birth defects for a fact though. I wish you the best(: