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What does a raised fontanel mean in a sick baby

A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Osman Farooq
Pediatrics - Neurology 21 years experience
Get checked: If you are checking the fontanelle while your baby is laying down, then it may appear bulging due to gravity, so sit the baby up and check it. If it ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 16 years experience
Go to ED: If the fontanel is bulging it needs IMMEDIATE evaluation! Get off the computer and get your baby to a doctor.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Osman Farooq
Pediatrics - Neurology 21 years experience
Get checked: If you are checking the fontanelle while your baby is laying down, then it may appear bulging due to gravity, so sit the baby up and check it. If it ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 51 years experience
No need: It actually has pretty tough coverings.
A member asked:
Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 24 years experience
That is normal: The frontal fontanel is typically completely closed by 18-24 months, but often feels hard/sealed by your fingers by around 1 yr, some a bit earler, so... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 39 years experience
Closed fontanel: Closed fontanel is the fusion of a soft spot on a baby's head. Can either be the anterior or posterior fontanel
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Ewing
Pediatrics 20 years experience
Soft spots: The fontanels can be identified by an exam of the baby's head. They are soft spots that you can feel between the different bones of the skull which ha... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hiro Kiguchi
Pediatrics 11 years experience
Increased Pressure: A bulging fontanelle (soft spot on baby's head) is most likely due to increased intracranial pressure. This may be due to a number of factors, includ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Enough...: The anterior fontanelle usually closes between 7 and 21 months. Early closure (before 6 months) causes concern that perhaps other areas of the skull m... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ecaterina Sartina
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Depends: Large fontanels may caused by: down syndrome hydrocephalus intrauterine growth retardation (iugr) premature birth rarer causes:... Read More
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