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A 42-year-old member asked:

Can you please tell me why it'simportant that the bones of an infant's skull not grow together too rapidly?

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Dr. Robert Berg
51 years experience
Skull growth: It is important that the bones of an infant's skull do not fuse too rapidly to allow growth of the brain.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Shape/size preserv: There roughy 17 growth centers of the human skull that push away at each other while the skull grows in size and changes contour with age.Most head growth is finished by age 9.Premature fusion of a growth center stops the skull from enlarging in the area.This limits the volume the brain can grow into and can distort the shape of the skull.Pressure can build up causing symptoms.
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