2-Month-Old’s Unique Head Shape Leads to Dangerous Condition

NBC NEWS: Courtesy of Megan Boler

HOUSTON, TX (WTNH) –  A Texas mother was shocked to hear that the innocent abnormality of her baby’s head shape, is not as innocent as she thought.

2-month-old Matthew Boler was born with an unusual head shape that his mother, Megan Boler, assumed was an irregularity from a family trait of having big heads. However, after taking the baby to his 2-month check-up, she learned otherwise.
According to ABC News, Matthew Boler was sent to Texas Children’s Hospital by their pediatrician with a fear that he possibly has a condition called Craniosynostosis.

After receiving medical review from the hospital, Matthew was diagnosed with a type Craniosynostosis called Sagittal Synostosis, which means his skull had fused on the back of his head too early for his age. In this case, the child’s brain has no room to grow, which not only leads to an odd head shape, but possibly dangerous developmental issues.

Sandi Lam, Director of Craniofacial Surgery Program at Texas Children’s Hospital, told ABC News that catching Matthew’s conditions at such a young age helped him, because doctors were able to perform the surgery with smaller cuts, and his brain would help reform his skull post-surgery.

10 weeks ago, Matthew underwent the surgery, and after 10 hours, the swelling went down. Within 72 hours, he was able to get back to “being his smiley, bubbly self.”

Matthew had to wear a helmet for about four months, but after that recovery period, Boler says nobody can tell anything was ever wrong with her baby’s skull.

ABC reports that Boler “hoped her story would help other parents catch warning signs for craniosynostosis early on.”

ABC News contributed to this report.

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