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What is bulging fontanel

A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hiro Kiguchi
Pediatrics 10 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

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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Meningitis: Anything causing an increase in the pressure within the skull, such as swelling of the brain, can cause bulging fontanels in infants.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Be patient: Sounds like your physician(s) have aggressively looked for possible causes, specifically, increased spinal fluid. If your child is developing fine, r... Read More
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Ask the Doctor....: ....Could it be pseudotumor cerebrii ( also called ideopathic increased intracranial pressure )? This is a condition where the pressure inside the bra... Read More
Dr. Richard Simmons
Pediatric Neurology 18 years experience
Depends: A bulging fontanel can be normal depending on the position the child is in when it is evaluated. A crying child who is lying down will almost always h... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Delayed closure: Most anterior fontanel close between 18-24 months of age. Delayed closure means persistence of open fontanel beyond 24 months of age.
A member asked:
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
No need: It actually has pretty tough coverings.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Follow closely..: It is a bit early for the skull to fuse, but unless he has had a head MRI or ct to assess exactly how open or closed they are, i would not panic. If h... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Things to ponder: A posterior fontanelle is unusual in anyone but specifically adults. It suggests an underlying defect in the skull that would allow you to feel soft t... Read More
A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Normal: I'm sure it is a normal anterior fontanelle - "soft spot". If he has been going to the pediatrician regularly, we all have this fixation about rubbing... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Ewing
Pediatrics 19 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 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ecaterina Sartina
Pediatrics 35 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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