Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Wendy Stuart | 2010-05-27



Our doc advised at my son''s 6mth checkup that his fontanelle is very small. We have to measure his head at 7mths and again at 8mths and if needed we have to first x-ray and then MRI scan to check brain development. He said that if it closes too rapidly he may need an operation to open it.
How is this done and what are the risks involved?
I''ve heard that if you operate on this area you can be prone to seizures later in life..?
I cannot find any info on the internet.........

Expert's Reply



This is a rather common problem called 'craniosynostosis' where the various skull bones in the infant join together too early. The most rapid phase of brain growth in an infant is during the first year of life and if the skull bones close too early this does not leave the brain enough space to grow normally. Your paediatrician is correct, your baby's head circumference must be measured every 4 weeks. If his skull is not growing normally an operation to temporarily separate the skull bones may be necessary. This sounds very frighteneing but it is a relatively simple operation with excellent results. Seizures will not occur as a result of this operation.

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Posted by: Wendy | 2010-05-28

Thank you for your comments and prompt reply. I thought this was extremely uncommon as i''d not even heard anyone discussing it before. I feel less anxious after your advice. We pray that an operation will not be necessary.

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