Hello. I'm sorry your son is having problems. Your psychologist
was wise to refrain from diagnosing your son's condition, as diagnosing cerebral palsy
(for better or worse) is legally the purview of a physician. I suspect you've probably done some research, so you may know that cephalhematomas are usually benign, and they typically clear up within a few weeks, with about 1% becoming calcified over time. (This appears to be the case with your son.) Although cephalhemotomas are generally harmless, they can be associated with complications, such as severe jaundice
or an underlying skull fracture
. If these complications are not addressed, they could conceivably contribute to long-term neurological problems.
Unfortunately, about half of people with neurofibromatosis-1 (the most common form) have learning disabilities, developmental delays and/or mental retardation. Thus, it will be difficult to assign your son's problems to his cephalhematoma when he's been diagnosed with neurofibromatosis. A meticulous neurological evaluation -- including imaging studies of the brain -- might shed some light on this issue, but I suspect that has already been done. If a neurologist
has discovered problems that aren't typically associated with neurofibromatosis, your case might be strengthened. However, the overlap between the complications due to birth trauma
and those caused by neurofibromatosis is significant.
I hope that helps, and I hope things go well for your son.