Symptoms of Craniosynostosis include:
An abnormally shaped skull, no "soft spot" on the baby's skull, a raised firm edge where the sutures closed early, and slow growth or no growth in the baby's head growth over time.
Each baby born with craniosynostosis is different, and the condition can range from mild to severe. Most babies with craniosynostosis are otherwise healthy. Some children, however, have developmental delays or intellectual disabilities, because either the craniosynostosis has kept the baby’s brain from growing and working normally, or because the baby has a genetic syndrome that caused both craniosynostosis and problems with how the brain works.
- After birth, abnormal head shape is most commonly a result of gravity, when the patient lies in one position for long periods of time.
- Molding and changes of head usually normalizes within one to two weeks after birth. Normal craniofacial growth occurs through two processes: bone displacement and bone remodeling.
- Complete fusion of the bones normally occurs late in the teen years.