For an expert, there is no possible confusion between positional plagiocephaly, brachicephaly and scaphocephaly and cranial malformations called craniosynostosis, the causes, features and solutions are very different.
If you are parents, go straight to the deformities page. Compare your infant’s look to these likely deformities. You may not find anything comparable, since within each type there are different degrees of severity according to how the deformity has been produced. If you believe your child’s head to be abnormal, check with an expert.
Many of the complementary explorations carried out in cases of cranial misshapenness, such as X-ray, CT scan and MRI, are unnecessary.
- An expert or other parents of affected infants can visually diagnose a deformity quickly.
- We can all get involved in helping others: professionals by vocation and parents by their experience.
We must take seriously the severity of plagiocephaly
Parents of infants affected by plagiocephaly often come up against a seemingly insurmountable barrier. As professionals, we often wonder why positional plagiocephaly, brachycephaly and scaphocephaly do not appear to merit the same attention as other pediatric illnesses and orthopedic deformities, some of which are far less serious.
A qualified opinion from the American Academy of Pediatrics (2003).
- The deformity is not spotted or is diagnosed late.
- Even when it is diagnosed in time it is given little importance.
- It is taken as a cosmetic problem rather than what it really is: a deformity.
- Many parents want treatment but doctors discourage them.
- Other doctors who are aware of the alternatives hide valuable information from parents.
- Comments that parents hear include: “That’s of no importance”, “It’s not worth getting obsessed about”, “It’ll get better by itself”, “Her hair will cover it up”, “Nobody’s perfect”, “His father’s head is the same…”