Craniosynostosis is a rare birth defect that can cause brain damage and misshapen heads and faces in babies. But it can be corrected if caught in time. Fox 29 reported on a story of a 23-month-old who underwent successful surgery for this condition.
The boy’s mother posted a video showing her son taking steps with the help of a nurse at a hospital in Burlington. She wanted to raise awareness of her son’s condition.
Craniosynostosis happens in about 1 in 2000 births. When babies are born, the skull plates are not fused together yet. This gives the head and brain room to expand before they close. In babies with the condition, the plates are already fused.
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Untreated craniosynostosis can cause pressure to build up inside of the skull and cause brain damage. It can also cause the bones of the head and face to deform. If it is caught in time, it is fairly easy to correct with surgery due to the softness of the bones. However, because it is so rare pediatricians may not check for the condition.
In this case, the baby had to undergo a full cranial vault surgery to restructure the head. Fortunately, recovery was quick and the child was back home in just four days.
For more information on this condition, please see this webpage from Columbia University.