Can Skull Reshaping Be Done In A 9 Year-Old Child?

Q: Dr. Eppley, My daughter had craniosynostosis. After which she was left with plagiocephaly(right side). Was wondering what are the best options for her, she has 5mm deformity after wearing the helmet for 1 year. Now she is 9 years old. Need to know if the surgery can be done anytime or there is a certain period that is beneficial for the kids.

A: Once the skull has undergone much of its growth spurt and it is clear that ongoing growth is not improving the asymmetry, it is reasonable to consider an onlay skull augmentation. The decision to do so is based on an aesthetic judgment since there are no neurologic benefits to doing it. So the question is not whether it can be done but whether it should it be done. At 9 years of age, that is a decision for the parents to consider or to allow the child to decide for herself when she is old enough to do so.

Dr. Barry Eppley