Deformational brachycephaly refers to full flattening across the back of the head or flattening at the occipital bone. The anterior-posterior measurement (front to back) appears smaller than the medial-lateral measurement (side to side).
The baby’s head appears wider and facial asymmetry is also involved. The area at the top of the head or the cranial vault appears higher. This occurs due to the growth of the baby’s brain accommodating growth in limited space. You may notice that the ears of the baby stick out as well.
Deformational scaphocephaly refers to the long, narrow shape caused by the consistent side-lying positioning of the baby. The cranial vault appears high and bossing or prominent areas of growth of the anterior (top) and posterior (back) aspects of the head occur.
Our consultations on average take about an hour. During these consultations we assess, measure, scan and fit of the cranial remoulding orthosis/helmet. The initial appointment is getting to know your baby and you as the parent/s or caregivers. We complete a full assessment of your childs’ head shape and discuss the possible methods and avenues of treatment.
We will then discuss the treatment costs and procedures. Once all parties are informed and in agreement, we can complete the scanning of your baby’s head which we then use for the manufacturing and fabrication process.
Author Kirsten Gibson, B-Tech (tut)
Founder, Director and Senior Orthotist Prosthetist at Gibson Orthotics.
Vice Chair of The South African Orthotic Prosthetic Association.
Kirsten Gibson owner and founder of Gibson Orthotics is a passionate O & P Clinician with notable experience in Paediatrics and Lymphology. Actively involved in Improving patient and professionals knowledge on the subjects of O & P.