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Worried about DD's fast developing Dome Skull. Help Needed!

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Geena1080 Tue 26-Jul-11 15:24:25

My DD (16) seems to have developed a dome skull. I'm not sure what to do about it. Has anybody else noticed a similar development in their offspring, if so, how did you deal with it?

(my husband also had a Dome Skull phase when in his teens, could this be related?) Any help would be great.

supermumelaine Tue 26-Jul-11 15:43:21

Hi Geena,
Have had a similar issue with my two youngest DDs (twins 12) They seem to be displaying some of the earlier symptoms of Dome Skull, which i was surprised to find from my sister Mary, a GP, are quite common amongst that age group.
I would recommend, however, in order to limit the effect of 'horror stories' and the so-called 'scare-factor' of dome skull symptoms upon the psychological development of young children, that you read 'Shaping Up' by Dr Ranjiit Kahn. he explains some of the ways in which the effects of expansion and the arranging of 'dome plates' can be corrected with simple 'DIY' methods. These can be both fun and interactive, involving all the family and a role of cling-film.
Do let me know how it goes Geena, and I do hope you haven't experienced the onset of 'skulling' (that oh so common phenomena so rife amongst 12-16 year olds) smile
kind Regards
Elaine

I'm going to hate asking but what in God's name are you on about?!!?!??! grin

Maryz Tue 26-Jul-11 20:47:11

confused.

I thought you were discussing this horrible new teenage fashion of back-combing and comb-overs, but possibly not grin.

doesntfitin Tue 26-Jul-11 20:49:21

wtf is a domeskull?

Maryz Tue 26-Jul-11 20:57:19

Or is this possibly an ad, by two "new posters" for a wonderful new book grin.

If so, it's an odd ad, as I can't find it despite nosy curious googling.

doesntfitin Tue 26-Jul-11 21:03:11

I've googled as well grin

I thought it was an ad hmm

Maryz Tue 26-Jul-11 21:06:57

I mean, I know what dome head is (it's a non-scientific name for a form of skull oddity, a bit like the opposite of plagiocephally or flat head syndrome), but I don't think you develop it as a teenager, generally confused. Shouldn't you be born with an odd-shaped head, not develop it?

supermumelaine Fri 29-Jul-11 11:41:10

i'm surprised you've not heard of dome skull- many teenagers hide their embarrassing symptoms from their friends and families under what maryz accurately describes with back combing and comb-overs. i didn't find out until i asked my DDs about it and could inspect their skull in closer proximity.

ENT specialists have suggested attempting to examine the skull whilst your child sleeps or subtly inspecting the skull when your child is coming out of the shower or bath. if either method provokes any defensive reaction, it is quite likely that your DD or DS is attempting to hide a symptom s/he is naturally quite embarrassed about.

let me know how you all get on
kind regards
elaine

QueenOfFeckingEverything Fri 29-Jul-11 11:43:39

wtf are you on about?

google doesn't seem to have heard of it either which is really surprising hmm

and why would an ent specialist suggest anything? skull is not ears, nose, or throat, even with my basic grasp of biology.

supermumelaine Fri 29-Jul-11 11:47:12

NB: ENT specialists are directly related to skull plate formation in this instance as skull deformities are linked to deformations of sinuses and the development of cartilage in adolescence

QueenOfFeckingEverything Fri 29-Jul-11 11:49:02

and the book you suggested doesn't exist hmm

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QueenOfFeckingEverything Fri 29-Jul-11 12:02:22

the full spectrum of loons life is here grin

Geena1080 Fri 29-Jul-11 12:06:01

thanks for the suggestions everybody! - it's true, 'shaping up' proved a very tricky book to locate, but my neighbour (her kids, now grown up, also suffered from dome skull) suggested a book dealer in massachusetts and a copy is currently on its way!

unfortunately, as I was about to leave the house for work on wednesday, I passed the lounge and caught a glimpse of DD skulling, which as you can imagine, terrified me. I couldn't not ask him what was going on, and as expected, I received a response of 'urrr..nothing mum, go away'. the secrecy concerns me a great deal, I'm a little worried about what might be going on at school. He seems to be spending more and more time on the internet and has been refusing to go to hockey practice for several weeks (he was using a sprained ankle as an excuse but now I realise it may be dome skull related).

what do you suggest is the best way to approach the topic? should it be avoided all together? how should I reassure him that dome skull is normal and is usually only a phase without embarrassing him?

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QueenOfFeckingEverything Fri 29-Jul-11 12:07:54

oh go away

this 'condition' does NOT EXIST

neither does the book

or the doctor

or you

or supermumelaine

iskra Fri 29-Jul-11 12:08:25

This is comedy genius.

LawrieMarlow Fri 29-Jul-11 12:08:52

<takes notes in case DS or DD ever develop this>

grin

LawrieMarlow Fri 29-Jul-11 12:10:47

Just read the first reply and what activity could be described as "both fun and interactive, involving all the family and a role of cling-film" does baffle me somewhat.

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Paschaelina Fri 29-Jul-11 12:12:59

Oh what the hell, I know i'm feeding it but I can't help it, curiosity is getting the better of me.

Please please please oh supermumelaine and Geena1080, if indeedy you are two separate people, can you enlighten us with a short summary as to what skulling is? And if seeing your teenager through the window doing it would lead to the need for eye-bleach?

supermumelaine Fri 29-Jul-11 12:19:56

Geena108- great news you managed to get hold of a copy of kahn's book, it seems as though some oher mums have experienced trouble locating it.

LawrieMarlow- the so-called cling film solution is explained in kahn's book: it involves wrapping clingfilm tightly around the head to restrict the formation of dome skull. simple as it sounds, and fun too

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