Most cases of craniosynostosis require a surgical procedure in order for normal cranial development to occur. The surgery will reduce and prevent pressure inside the head, fix facial and cranial deformations, and allow room for the brain to grow normally. The best time for surgical corrections depends on the specific problem and parent preference for the type of surgery. The exact type and timing of the surgery is determined by a variety of factors including whether there is a genetic syndrome or other associated problems and the specific type of craniosynostosis.

Treatment depends on:

  • The type of craniosynostosis your baby has
  • How late in development the doctor finds the craniosynostosis
  • How severely the sutures have affected your baby’s head shape and brain
  • Surgery is the most common treatment. Surgery helps prevent pressure on the brain. It also allows the brain to grow normally and fixes the head shape and any facial deformations (features on the face that have not grown properly because of the changes caused by the skull shape).

This webpage is intended to provide health information so that you can be better informed. It is not a substitute for medical advice and should not be used to treatment of any medical conditions.

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