We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is Cranial Remolding?

Mary McMahon
Updated May 17, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGeek is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGeek, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Cranial remolding is the reshaping of the skull during early childhood with the assistance of devices designed to shape and control skull growth. Infants between three and 18 months of age can be candidates for cranial remolding, although in some cases they may need surgery as well. A number of companies manufacture cranial remolding orthoses for use in treatment of skull abnormalities. The devices are custom-fitted to the patient using a cast of the skull and must be adjusted as the child grows.

Infants can develop abnormal skull shapes for a number of reasons, ranging from positional factors like often being on their backs to congenital issues. If an infant's head appears to have an unusual shape, a pediatrician will conduct a thorough evaluation to learn more, trace the cause, and develop an appropriate treatment plan. Some deformities may require surgical correction, like a surgery to cut apart prematurely fused cranial sutures, while others can be treated with cranial remolding alone.

In cranial remolding, a headband or helmet is carefully fitted to the patient, using casts and measurements. Some physicians work with laser data acquisition systems to scan the patient's head. The device is padded for comfort and is designed to slowly help shape the growth and development of the skull. Where there is room to grow, the skull will develop outwards, and where there is pressure, the skull's growth will be inhibited. This allows for the correction of the deformity over time.

The patient may need to wear a cranial remolding orthosis for varying lengths of time, depending on the nature of the deformity and how quickly it is caught. It is important to follow care directives meticulously and to attend regular follow up appointments where a physician will inspect the patient, check on the progress of the cranial remolding, and make any necessary adjustments. Because infants grow quickly, these appointments may be frequent in some cases.

If the treatment does not proceed as expected, an additional evaluation may be conducted to learn why and to see if other treatments would be more suitable for the patient's needs. The earlier treatment is provided, the more effective it tends to be. Some abnormality in head shape is normal right after birth due to the pressure on the skull exerted during labor and delivery, but if a baby's skull remains misshapen, it can be a sign of a problem and should be addressed.

WiseGeek is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Mary McMahon
By Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a WiseGeek researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

Discussion Comments
Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a...

Learn more
WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.