Why Diez’s Head Shape Is A Concern

Karen and Deon’s baby Diez needs an operation due to a problem with his skull. This health issue is featured on Doubling Down With the Derricos.

Deon and Karen from Doubling Down With the Derricos have 14 kids and their son Diez may need an operation to correct a skull problem. The Derricos returned to TLC in season 2 and shared information about four-year-old Diez. The parents have concerns about his skull shape. Season 1 ended on a happier note following the family’s recovery from COVID-19, as baby Dawsyn returned home after her heart surgery. Now, the Doubling Down With the Derricos mom and dad are worrying about baby Diez’s “long and narrow” skull, which may be the result of sagittal craniosynostosis.

Karen, 40, and Deon, 49, lead the large Doubling Down With the Derricos family. They already have two singles, twins, quintuplets, and more twins, and the Derricos welcomed preemie triplets, including “Awesome Dawsyn.” Dawsyn was born with a hole in her heart and needed two surgeries. At seven months old, she had to wear a helmet to correct a flat skull issue. During one of Dawsyn’s visits to orthotist Dr. Brittany Stryker, the parents found out that Diez also had a skull issue. Karen and Deon were heartbroken after losing the “triplins” Diez and Dior’s brother Carter during childbirth, so news of Diez’s skull problem was worrying.

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The premiere episode of Doubling Down With the Derricos season two ended with Dr. Brittany telling Karen and Deon about Diez possibly having scaphocephaly or sagittal craniosynostosis. This was revealed after cranial remolding scanning for a helmet. The scan results showed that Diez was in the 60s on the cephalic index. As Dr. Brittany explained it, his skull was  “very long” and should ideally be in the 80s. A corrective helmet wouldn’t be an option, as Diez is three-and-a-half. The doctor believed that the Derrico baby has sagittal craniosynostosis where “the plate closes prematurely. » This negatively impacts the natural width vs length ratio. The doctor suggested imaging and explained that sagittal craniosynostosis can cause “long-term issues.

Doubling Down With the Derricos Diez Hed Surgery Karen Deon

The Las Vegas residents Karen and Deon were told by Dr. Brittany that the health condition could “put unnecessary pressure on the skull and the brain which can cause co-ordination issues, balance issues, and developmental delay.” It may also lead to delayed speech and vision problems. If Diez does have the condition, he will likely need surgery. The Derricos were advised to visit a team of neurosurgeons at UCLA. Karen and Deon have a lot to worry about during season 2. The preview showed Karen and Deon in tears while speaking with Dr. Ozaki, who is the Chief of Pediatric Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery at UCLA. He was telling them something about taking a part of the skull off.

The UCLAHealth website notes that surgery is required for this health problem, to “prevent distortion of the face and skull.” In certain cases, there also may be evidence of increased pressure within the skull “that may be associated with abnormal brain development.” If left untreated, this might lead to “worse cognitive development.” At UCLA, “there have been no mortalities or serious infections after surgical procedures for craniosynostosis,” due to the expertise of their skilled surgeons and other health care professionals. “Except for the most complex craniofacial syndromic cases, children are generally are discharged within 72 hours of surgery,” the UCLA Health website reports.

The Doubling Down With the Derricos family has proved time and time again that love and prayer keep them strong through life’s challenges. Diez celebrated his fourth birthday on May 23, with “triplin” brother Dior. His parents will make sure that he gets the medical care that he needs. Fans hope Diez is happy and healthy.

Next: Doubling Down With The Derricos: Karen & Deon’s 15th Baby In Season 2

Source: UCLAHealth

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