Hydrocephally is a condition in which there is an abnormal accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) within the brain. This typically causes increased pressure inside the skull. Hydrocephalus can occur due to birth defects or be acquired later in life. Associated birth defects include neural tube defects and those that result in aqueductal stenosis. Other causes include meningitis, brain tumors, traumatic brain injury, intraventricular hemorrhage, and subarachnoid hemorrhage.
That being said, the thing I want everyone to understand that this can occur in anyone of any age. This is something I forgot. As a NICU nurse I only saw the hydrocephalic infants due to birth defects. Now people can look up images on line and see the freakish looking infants and then conclude that the Starchild Skull is not due to hydrocephaly.
BUT, what if the Starchild developed meningitis or had head trauma when it was 2-3 years old and then developed hydrocephaly, what then?
Any parent or grandparent can tell you that as their child grows up their face changes shape and size, meaning the bones are pliable (soft) and able to change shape. That being said let’s take a look at some of the deformities we see.
Think about a lot of liquid pressure in a small child’s skull; the pressure is going to go up and out. By the skull expanding up the face will naturally be lower on the skull. The ears will be lower on the skull and the inner ear will be squashed making it appear to be larger.
With the pressure coming from behind the eyes, it would be natural for the eye sockets to be shallow especially if the child were lying on its back with flat head syndrome. This might explain why the Starchild’s eye sockets are so shallow.