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Your child was in the hospital to have the connections between bones in their skull repaired. These connections are called sutures. When a baby is born, it is normal for these sutures to be open a little. This gives the baby' s brain and head room to grow.
Your baby was born with craniosynostosis, a condition that caused 1 or more of your baby' s sutures to close too early. This can cause the shape of your baby' s head to be different than normal. Sometimes it can cause brain damage.
If your child had an open repair, the surgeon made an incision (a cut made during surgery) over part of their scalp. Pieces of bone were probably removed. The surgeon either reshaped these pieces and put them back in or left the pieces out.
A plate and some screws were put in place to help hold the bones in the right position. There was probablya lot of swelling on your child' s head and around their eyes when they were in the hospital.
If your child had their repair done with an endoscope, only 2 small cuts were made in their scalp. Bone was removed as needed.
Most times, most swelling and bruising will be gone after 7 days. But swelling around your child' s eyes may come and go for up to 3 weeks.
Your child' s sleeping patterns may be different when they first come home from the hospital. They may be awake at night and asleep during the day.
It is very important to protect your child' s head from injury. They should not go to school or daycare for at least 2 to 3 weeks after the surgery. See also: Preventing head injuries in children
At home, your child will probably be able to return to their normal activities and foods. Make sure they do not bump or hurt their head in any way. If they are crawling, you may want to keep coffee tables and furniture with sharp edges out of the way until they recover.
In bed, raise your child' s head on a pillow. This will help prevent swelling. Try to get your child to sleep on their back. All swelling from the surgery should go away in about 3 weeks.
Keep your child' s surgery wound clean and dry until the doctor says you can wash it. Do not use any lotions, gels, or cream rinses on your child' s head until their skin is healed all the way. Do not soak the wound in water until it heals.
When you clean the wound, make sure you:
Use acetaminophen (Tylenol) as your child' s doctor advises, to help control your child' s pain. Cover the scar with sunscreen or have your child wear a hat that covers the scar for the first year after surgery. This will prevent it from turning dark.
Call your doctor if:
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