Henry’s Neurosurgeon Visit.
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital is the friendliest, easy to navigate hospital I have ever been to. We were quite impressed!
They are so organized and helpful. There are even security guards standing by the elevators that only allow people with passes from the front desk to go up onto the floors.
The entire hospital was incredibly clean too. Everything in it was child friendly!
It was hard seeing so many sick kids there. My heart hurt. I saw multiple young children with cancer, bald and frail. Babies with tubes and somber parents holding them. Why? Oh, I am so blessed with three healthy children.
First we had to get Henry’s head x-rayed. Henry is a very cheerful baby. He absolutely loved smiling and cooing at every single person he saw in the busy hospital. He liked the x-ray techs quite a bit. They took three x-rays and he only cried at the last one because he was annoyed that he had to lay flat on the table for another minute.
After that we saw Dr. Stephenson, the neurosurgeon. He was very kind and patient. I’m so glad we waited for an appointment with him. I could tell right away why he was so highly recommended.
Dr. Stephenson said Henry’s metopic suture, the one that goes down the forehead, is already fused. It’s supposed to begin fusing at six months. Henry’s is closed at six months old. That’s what’s causing the ridge in his forehead and the point at the top of his head.
The good news is that Henry still has a nice rounded forehead. That means his brain is still able to grow normally. If the closed suture was causing any serious damage then his head would take on a triangle shape when looking at it from the top down.
Since his head is still rounded the metopic ridge is only a cosmetic issue. The doctor said it should smooth out as his head grows. No surgery needed for that!
The crookedness of his head is caused by positional plagiocephaly. One ear is moved forward farther than the other ear, one side of the forehead bulges causing the eye on that side to bulge, and one part of the head is flatter than the other.
The doctor thinks this was caused by the torticollis and C1 vertebrae being out of place from birth. The chiropractor was able to correct the out of place vertebrae when Henry was twelve weeks old, and his torticollis is gone now. (!!!)
Dr. Stephenson said the plagiocephaly sometimes requires a helmet to fix the head shape, but he thinks that Henry’s head will improve on its own. Henry’s head shape has been drastically improving over the past month. The doctor said that the forehead bulge should flatten out over the next couple of years and eventually he will look completely normal!
On Henry’s head x-rays we saw that his eye sockets are actually both the same size. One eye looks smaller than the other on his face, but apparently that’s just due to the bulging forehead from the plagiocephaly. Once the bulging side of his forehead goes back down then the eye on that side will look normal sized because it is normal sized.
The neurosurgeon said we could get out of his office and never come back. Henry is a giant healthy boy! At six months old he’s 20 pounds, 28 inches long, and his head size is in the 88th percentile. He’s wearing 12 and 18 month clothes right now.
Overall good news. We’re so relieved!!
Tyler is texting his mom to tell her. Check out how big Henry’s hands are! They are like bear paws. His feet are huge also.