The craniofacial team provides prenatal consultations to community providers and is available as needed to consult with expectant parents at Hartford Hospital regarding diagnosis, feeding assistance and family support. When needed, the craniofacial team coordinates specialty, follow-up and transitional care with specialists at Connecticut Children’s and specialty care providers within the community.
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center offers the most advanced imaging procedures available. Our highly skilled, board certified pediatric radiologists are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of childhood illnesses using equipment such as X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) to make images of inside the body.
Our radiologists adhere to the national Image Gently standards to limit radiation exposure to children while still providing safe, high quality pediatric imaging. Our team of radiologists and technologists provide comprehensive radiology and imaging services to help evaluate an array of pediatric conditions.
A Child Life specialist is available to meet with anxious or scared children before radiology and imaging procedures to offer a distraction or coping skills.
Connecticut Children’s offers genetic counseling services for expectant parents who have a family history of children born with genetic disorders or who have a child with a known craniofacial abnormality that has been detected prenatally or at birth. Early detection of genetic disorders enables early intervention for craniofacial abnormalities and other related issues, and helps families make informed decisions for their child.
Speech-language pathologists on the craniofacial team work with children and families who suffer from swallowing, feeding, hearing, and communication problems caused by head and neck defects. Connecticut Children’s speech-language specialists offer a broad range of therapies to improve speech of patients who have had surgery to correct clefts or were born with impaired hearing.
Connecticut Children’s craniofacial specialists care for patients from infancy to age 18. However, there are many cases when complex surgeries that are performed to treat your child’s condition introduce unique circumstances that will impact medical care throughout his or her life. Our team provides the necessary long-term care for patients and families, even after the child enters adulthood.