Occasionally children are born with a condition that prevents normal expansion of the skull bones as their brain grows. This condition, known as craniosynostosis, can exist as a singular issue or in conjunction with other characteristic health concerns, leading to a diagnosis of syndromic craniosynostosis, or “craniofacial dysostosis”. In the non-syndromic variety, the infant child is found to have one or occasionally multiple cranial bone growth plates (sutures) that have grown together (fused) prematurely, thus causing abnormal head shape and potential complications with brain growth. Because there are numerous other things that can cause abnormal pediatric head shape, your craniofacial surgeon will be helpful in clarifying the cause and ideal treatment for your child’s specific condition. All children with concern for craniosynostosis are evaluated and treated in conjunction with a board-certified neurosurgeon.