Penny - posted on 05/06/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )
My daughter is now 2 y.o. and has just been diagnosed with Acquired Plagiocephaly, or 'flat head syndrom'. From a very early age we noticed her head was mishaped, but mistakenly believed it would improve by 3 y.o. I did change her sleeping position regularly, but obviously it wasn't enough. Today I was told by a specialist that the only option to correct it now is cosmetic surgery. During our discussion, the specialist pointed out that one eye bulges out more than the other and therefore looks bigger. I had noticed the eye, but not the bulge. My husband had not noticed either. We have seen a number of peds whom didn't notice or didn't see any need for attention to the shape of her head at all, and it was only due to my insistance that we got to see a specialist.
Since my daughter has very fine hair people sometimes comment on the shape of her head. As a parent, I feel that I should do whatever is necessary to resolve this issue. My question is, what kind of symptoms require surgery? Has anyone ever gone through it? What are the risks and how common is it carried out?? I live in Asia, where (according to this specialist) the comparitively round heads mean this type of condition doesn't stand out very much. He went on to say that the medical options were very limited here compared to Western countries, where he's heard surgery was common. I would love to hear from anyone who's been through, or considered it.