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What are the best ways to protect my baby's soft spots?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Normally...: Normally they don't need protecting. They can't damage them with their own movements, you won't damage them with normal gentle handling, and most people don't need to be reminded not to drop a child on his head, or to strike a child's head hard enough to do any harm. People do need to be reminded not to shake a baby, since it does happen quite a bit, with serious consequences.
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Dr. Paul Leadem
Pediatrics 42 years experience
Don't Worry: In over 20 years of practice I have never seen an injury to a baby's fontanelles or "soft spots" they are well protected by tough fibrous tissue and would only be perforated by a freak accident. Don't worry about them! by the way if you notice it pulsating, that's normal!
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Dr. Lawrence Wasser
Specializes in Pediatrics
Soft spots are safe: Your baby's soft spots are pretty tough and are not dangerous to touch lightly. Obviously keep sharp objects away, but do not worry too much about protecting them for routine contact.
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 35 years experience
No extra protection: No special protection is needed for a baby's soft spots on the head. However, one should not repeatedly press the spots. A doctor may press the spots to see how soft or firm they are, and to see if the spots are too big or too small. Routine bathing of the head, with the required touching of the spots, is fine to do.
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