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what does a raised fontanel mean in a sick baby

A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Osman Farooq
20 years experience Pediatric Neurology
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
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
21 years experience Pediatrics
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
20 years experience Pediatric Neurology
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
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Not particularly: The blood flowing under the fontanel is venous & few people actually have the ability to sense faint changes in venous pressure.
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A member asked:
Dr. Johanna Fricke
50 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
No need: It actually has pretty tough coverings.
A member asked:
Dr. Bac Nguyen
23 years experience Family Medicine
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
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Claudia Mikail
24 years experience Preventive Medicine
ER: When a baby has a fever and swollen fontanel this could be a sign of a brain infection and should be evaluated at an emergency room. https://medlinepl ... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
38 years experience Pediatrics
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 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
58 years experience Pediatrics
Impossible: Your fontanel should have closed when you were a year old. Are you sure this is your question. Reconsider and write back.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Ewing
19 years experience Pediatrics
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
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