One of the most frequent questions that we usually hear in our centers is whether cranial malformations such as plagiocephaly or brachycephaly can be cured and whether it is possible for plagiocephaly to affect adults.
The answer to the first question is yes. Plagiocephaly and other cranial deformities can be corrected if detected early and based on multiple parameters and degrees by surgery or by wearing orthopedic helmets, such as the DOC Band dynamic orthopedic band ( plagiocephaly helmet ) at a very young age.
We must be clear that plagiocephaly is a disorder that has always existed. However, thanks to research and technology, medical teams are now able to detect it early and it can be treated without harming the baby.
Here you will find more information about plagiocephaly
However, as we have already said, this has been thanks to the attention and importance received in recent decades that has helped to detect and cure the cases of plagiocephaly , so it is very likely that older people who were not diagnosed in their day, today suffer its consequences.
What happens if you reach adulthood with a slightly flatter head than average?
The main repercussions of cranial deformities are closely related to the degree of the malformation, they can:
Affect the position of the eyes causing strabismus and obstruction of the tear duct.
Cause alterations of the temporomandibular joint and dental malocclusion.
Lead to recurrent respiratory and ear infections.
But, in addition, the simple deformation of the head causes an aesthetic alteration that in adolescent and adult patients can have implications for self-esteem that can affect their social and work relationships and professional development.
It must be taken into account that plagiocephaly fundamentally affects men, who also tend to have shorter hair or have alopecia, so they are usually the patients who seek to solve this malformation.
Treatment of plagiocephaly in adults and older children
From the age of 2, it is more difficult to solve any postural cranial deformation with the use of an orthopedic band such as the DOC BAND that we talked about before, because they no longer have an effect.
Surgery is usually the only possible solution to treat plagiocephaly in adults, although the operation is somewhat tedious and many doctors are not willing to take that kind of risk.
Prevention, the best ally.
We always advise parents to change the position of their babies very early to prevent the appearance of cranial deformities.
This involves varying the position in which the child plays, sits, or sleeps to relieve pressure on the back of the skull.
Repositioning is usually successful in treating mild cases of plagiocephaly, but when it is insufficient, a helmet is used to correct the deformity (more info on DOC Band ).
As babies grow and begin to move more independently, around 14 months, the bones of the skull begin to harden and this method also becomes ineffective.
In any case, what we should not do is be excessively alarmed and as soon as we see that our little boy or girl has an unusual shape of his head, go to a doctor.
In our centers we treat hundreds of cases of cranial deformities in babies every year with a high success rate.