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#1 angel-eyes75

Posted 20 January 2007 - 12:03 AM

I had an u/s last week and was told bubs had a dolicocephalic head. I know it has somthing to do with the way the skull plates form giving the a long oval shape.
Was hoping someone might now a bit more about it and how will it afeect me when I go into labour? And possible effects on bubs after he is born?
Thanks in advance.

Edited by angle-eyes, 20 January 2007 - 12:04 AM.


#2 ~Sweet~Like~Chocolate~

Posted 20 January 2007 - 10:55 AM

Hi Angel-eyes,

My DD1 was diagnosed with Dolicocephaly at 19 weeks (due to my bicornuate uterus - she was squished against one side). The charming male sonographer told me she had a head shaped like an AFL football  wacko.gif .

I had a c/s with her and when she was born the right side of her head was flatter. We got a referral to a physio & from the beginning we took her for monthly check ups. They gave us excersizes to do for her & they took measurements of her head. As she was classified as minor, we decided on no further intervention. You can have the helmets made that help with the head shape, but it depends on how severe it is. We were told that 9 months was the cut off as to whether to do more or not, as that is when the skull starts to fuse.

She is now a happy 2 1/2 year old, still has a flat spot on the side of her head but as her hair has grown you can't tell.

Hope this is a little help to you, but yes it does make you worry. Good Luck!

Sonia

Edited by ~Sonia~, 20 January 2007 - 10:56 AM.


#3 angel-eyes75

Posted 20 January 2007 - 12:04 PM

Thanks Sonia

I'm wondering if it may have somthing to do with the fact the bubs was breech for a while so his head was squished up under my ribs. he only turned about 2 weeks ago. My 20 week scan didn't say anything about it at all.
The only reason I had a late scan was because they want to make sure bubs had turned properly.  I will find out more at my next scan. Bubs head is engaged now and sitting 3/5 above brim hopefully sitting like that for the next few weeks might help a bit.
Thanks again Sonia.

#4 ~Sweet~Like~Chocolate~

Posted 20 January 2007 - 12:27 PM

No probs  biggrin.gif , if you think of any more q's I will be happy to try to answer. I'm am pretty certain it is to do with positioning. I'll also try to find a pic of DD when she was born.

Edited by ~Sonia~, 20 January 2007 - 12:27 PM.





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