Plagiocephaly Surgery In Allen, TX
Parents in Allen, TX can put their trust in the International Craniofacial Institute for the most up-to-date and pinpoint assessments and treatment for deformational plagiocephaly. This condition is defined by an abnormally shaped head, as a result of repeated pressure on a specific part of the skull.
The plagiocephaly clinic, which is found at the International Craniofacial Institute, makes their focus treating this condition by using the most recent conservative measures, emphasizing tummy time activities and neck stretching exercises with your baby. First, our team will evaluate your baby’s head shape to preclude more serious related cranial malformations, such as craniosynostosis, which affects one out of every 2,500 children worldwide.
What is Abnormal Head Shape?
Deformational plagiocephaly, or abnormal head shape, is usually seen for the following reasons:
- In utero – Singles or Multiples that remain in position for too long.
- Prematurity – Cranial Bones are initially softer and can deform if in the same position for an extended length of time.
- Torticollis or sternocleidomastoid imbalance – This is an abnormality that will cause your baby’s neck to remain set in a specific position because of a limited range of motion.
- Prolonged positioning in infant carriers, swings, bouncy seat or other devices that keep your baby in the supine position for a considerable length of time.
- Lack of sufficient ‘tummy times’ – The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that most babies sleep on their backs. However, it is also essential to make sure that your baby spends an adequate amount of time on their tummy early in their infancy.
Deformational plagiocephaly is capable of being treated without any helmet therapy. The best time to treat this condition is during the first year of life, as during this time the cranial bones are still movable and respond to tummy time, as well as neck stretching exercise. If this is done, your baby’s head will continue to regain its shape through infancy and through toddlerhood.
If you notice your baby’s neck tilting to one side or the other, your baby’s head shape is changing spontaneously or if you have any questions or concerns about your baby’s head shape, contact us today at the International Craniofacial Institute. We stand ready to protect your most valuable and precious investment, your little one.