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What is Craniosynostosis?
Craniosynostosis is a birth defect when the infant's skull fuses too early (before 2 years old). The cause isn’t fully understood but is believed to be a genetic abnormality.
Skull flexibility is required during infancy to allow for proper skull and brain growth. Without it, there is a build-up of pressure inside the skull. It can be visible shortly after birth or later in infancy.
How to identify Craniosynstosis?
Craniosynostosis is usually visible shortly after birth or later in life and can be confirmed through diagnostic testing and a physician. Parents may notice physical signs of craniosynostosis such as :
No “soft spot” (top front of the skull) on the baby’s skull
Raised firm edge where the skull fused too early
Slow or no growth in baby’s head size over time
What causes Craniosynostosis
The causes of craniosynostosis are largely unknown, but it’s believed to be a genetic abnormality, often passed down from the infant's parents or through sporadic changes to the DNA.
Treating infant Craniosynostosis with ROKband
ROKband’s Head Shape Management Clinicians are trained in basic screening for craniosynostosis. However, if it is suspected in your infant, we will refer you to your family doctors for further diagnostic imaging and confirmation.
If craniosynostosis is confirmed, ROKband treatment will not typically be advised.
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