Stella turned 10 weeks old yesterday. I have never mentioned this before, but it is something that has been weiging heavily on my mind. A few weeks after the little lady was born, I noticed a small flat spot on her head- in the front, on her left side. I knew that it was not a flat head from sleeping type of flat head because it was on the front of the skull as oposed to the back. I kept quiet about my observation for a little bit, knowing that a baby's head is fairly maleable up until about 6 weeks. A couple weeks passed, and I mentioned it to Mindi. She had noticed it too. The malformation seemed to be getting more and more obvious, but we couldn't tell whether it was becoming more obvious because we kept staring at it, or if it was more obvious because it was physically becoming more mishapen. We brought it up to her Dr. at her 2 month appointment, and the Dr. agreed that we should take her to the Noggin Specialist. She gave us a referral, and we are now waiting for a call from them.
Over the last few days. we have done some research and realized that her condition is most likely a congenital birth defect and there are 3 courses of action, depending on the severity of the case.
1. Do nothing, because the sutures in the skull are open and shifting as they should, despite a minor malformation.
2. Give the child a helmet that is typically worn for about 3 to 4 months to help the skull resume the proper shape, assuming the sutures in the skull are open and shifting.
3. Surgery on the skull to open the sutures that have improperly fused, and throw a few plates in for good measure, some time in the NICU, and lots of tears and heartache...