A 5-year-old female asked:
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6w5d newborn is not dehydrated however soft spot feels a little bit sunken. She's alert no other signs of dehydration. How sunken should it be? ER?

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Dr. Timothy Ashley
14 years experience in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Not much: If a child is otherwise well, taking normal feeds and urinating routinely without vomiting, diarrhea, fevers, etc, a slight depression of the fontanelle ("soft spot") need not be cause for alarm. Unless something else of concern is happening, this is not a reason to visit the ER. A pediatrician could safely confirm that this is normal during regular hours.
Answered on Nov 9, 2018
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