20. Carpenter Syndrome
Carpenter syndrome is a condition that is characterized by the premature fusion of the skull bones, which means that the brain doesn’t have room to grow or develop. As a result, developmental problems occur. Some abnormalities may occur in the fingers and hands. Because of the fusion of the skull bones, the head has a pointed appearance, giving the skull a cloverleaf appearance.
Pressure also increases within the skull, which results in developmental delays. Children with Carpenter syndrome tend to have flat nasal bridges, low-set, and abnormal ears, eyes that slant downwards, and underdeveloped lower jaws. Other syndrome features include hearing loss, defects in the heart, umbilical hernias, rounded upper backs, and malformed hips.