The shape of an infant’s head can be affected by the premature closing of skull bone joints (growth plates known as sutures). The bones do not expand, putting pressure on the growing brain. The condition can also cause abnormal facial features. The severity and type of deformity depends on which sutures close, the point in development when it occurred and whether other bone closures allowed for brain expansion.
Significant advancements have been made in the surgical treatment of cranial deformities. The goal of surgery is to correct cosmetic deformities and allow for normal expansion of the brain within the cranium. Most experts recommend that babies undergo surgery between the ages of 3 to 8 months, depending on the case and surgical procedure.
Children born with craniofacial anomalies, deformities involving the growth of head and face bones, are not alone as they face the future. They have the support of the pediatric craniofacial specialists at Children's of Mississippi on their side.
Experts from 20 subspecialties come together to provide compassionate and comprehensive care for these young patients who often have multiple health problems related to their anomalies. More than 300 patients seek help from the pediatric craniofacial program each year with treatment needs ranging from minor to extremely complex.