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You or your doctor may notice that your baby has an odd-shaped head at birth, shortly after birth, or later at a well-child checkup.
Just because your baby has an oddly shaped head doesn't mean that he or she has craniosynostosis. Head shape may be affected by how your baby was positioned in your uterus, the birth process, or your baby's sleep position. Talk to your doctor if you are concerned about the shape of your baby's head.
Your doctor will:
Look at each side of your baby's face and head.
Measure your baby's head.
Feel the sutures and soft spots (fontanelles) on the skull.
Feel the top and sides of the head, where sutures are located, for unusual ridges or bumps.
Your baby's doctor may also order a skull X-ray or CT scan.