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Flat head/skull issues

Postby victoria_1024 » Thu Apr 07, 2011 2:24 pm

We had Vivi's 2 month appt today and the doctor was spending a lot of time looking at her head. He asked if she spent a lot of time sleeping on her left side and I said that she actually sleeps on her right side most of the time. He said her head has a flat spot and a prominent ridge in the front. I had noticed this actually when she was born but assumed she just had a funny shaped head. He is concerned that maybe her skull platelets didn't fuse together right before birth and it could impede her brain growth. :( He suggests seeing a specialist, although he said it would be just fine to watch it over the next couple months to see if it changes.

Needless to say I'm freaking out. I'm sad and scared for my little girl. :( Has anyone dealt with this? The pedi said she might even need surgery. I'm hoping he's way off and she really does just have a funny shaped head.
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Postby RadioKitten » Thu Apr 07, 2011 5:11 pm

Aw, V...I'm sorry to hear this. :( I have no experience, but just based on what I know about docs, I think there's an excellent chance he's way overreacting. Def see the specialist/get a second opinion. But of course you're freaking out...any mama would be. KUP.
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Postby lami » Fri Apr 08, 2011 10:45 am

I wouldn't worry about it, it can take months for the bones to align properly after delivery. Esp. if it was a long labor or traumatic birth, the incidence of craniosynostosis (sp?) or the premature fusing of bones in the skull is extremely low. If they fuse early it could cause issues with brain development., which is why they do an invasive surgery to fix it. I am sorry you are worrying about this, most Pedi's should never bring this up unless they are sure, what a way to scare parents..idiots! Here are some things to check:
-Does she spit up all the time ( could mean restricted growth)
-Is the spit up projectile (if its not don't worry all babies spit up, projectile could indicate this, or just reflux)
-Is she fussy all the time or extremely sleepy?
-do her eyes buldge?
-is her head very lopsided?
-Most important: how is her fontanel? (soft spot) If it is at least the size of a quarter (approx) is NOT bulging and you can see it pulsating occasionally that is a very good indicator she is fine.
Your DD should have almost all these side effects if that's whats going on, I hate when pedis scare people for no reason..drives me nuts. Do some research hun, I am sure your DS is just fine :)
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Postby victoria_1024 » Fri Apr 08, 2011 11:28 am

Thank you both. Part of me thinks the pedi is just being overly cautious (nothing against him, he is a great guy and good doctor, but he's a small town family practice doctor, he doesn't specialize in pediatrics or anything) but I still would like to get her checked out. I asked for a referral to a specialist just to have someone look at her.

Lami, she doesn't have any of the issues that you mentioned. I mean she's sleepy and fussy at times, but she's only 2 months old... it's nothing that seems out of the ordinary. I am not sure about the soft spot, but the pedi checked it yesterday and didn't say anything so I'm assuming it's ok? I do agree, I wish he hadn't even said anything about this. I'm such a worrier as it is. :(
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Postby RadioKitten » Fri Apr 08, 2011 11:46 am

I think you would notice if there was something off about her soft spot...you have Jackson to compare to so it would stick out to you if it were different...
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Postby lami » Fri Apr 08, 2011 6:21 pm

That's great that she doesnt have any of those side effects! I would see someone else if you feel more comfortable and maybe see a Pedi if you can? I know with my DS I hated his first Pedi, I left every visit upset, and she ignored all my concerns. I see a different one now, although same practice, and let me tell you it made a world of difference! I leave feeling like I should, all my questions are answered and she is compassionate and thorough without being scary in the slightest. Sometimes another Pedi can give you your answer w/o having to go to a specialist which can require a referral or more out of pocket cost. I also agree with Radiokitten, you would notice something "off" with the soft spot esp since you have a DS to compare too. I am a worrier too, about everything, so I understand how you feel. GL
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