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Do babies get flat spots on their heads if they sleep on their backs?

Do babies get flat spots on their heads if they sleep on their backs?

Yes: Some babies develop a flattened head (positional plagiocephaly) due to spending a lot of time on their backs. The soft bones of the scalp facilitate brain growth during the first year and can be molded during this time. Make sure to rotate sleeping positions and give your baby supervised tummy time while awake. ...Read more

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Is a 7 month old babies soft spot on top of their head noticeable when their hair is wet?

Is a 7 month old babies soft spot on top of their head noticeable when their hair is wet?

Anterior fontanelle: Should be easy to feel by gently touching with the soft part of the fingertips whether wet or dry. It usually closes at around a year of age, but the timing is quite variable. ...Read more

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I am almost 5 months post natal and have a sore area at the top of my head almost where you would find a babies soft spot. What could this be?

I am almost 5 months post natal and have a sore area at the top of my head almost where you would find a babies soft spot. What could this be?

Possibilities: Dermatology is pretty visual, so it's hard to know what is going on without seeing it. Tinea capitis (ringworm of the scalp) can present this way, as can an inflamed cyst, or even a localized bacterial infection (abscess or folliculitis). A dermatologist should be able to help sort this out either by close examination, culture, or perhaps skin biopsy. ...Read more

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Very tender spot on top of head where babies get soft spots that burns when touched sometimes. Liquid comes out (clear smooth liquid). What is this?

Very tender spot on top of head where babies get soft spots that burns when touched sometimes. Liquid comes out (clear smooth liquid). What is this?

Scalp lesion?: The bones of the skull should have been fused for a very long time now (you are 26, right?). I suspect that what you are referring to is a superficial scalp lesion; however, the only way to determine is to be seen by a physician so that they can examine the area of concern and then treat accordingly. Take care of you can make an appointment. ...Read more

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Why do babies have a soft spot on their skull?

Why do babies have a soft spot on their skull?

Fontanelles: Anterior and posterior Fontanelles, along with skull sutures, are present to accommodate the rapidly expanding brain volume in very young children. Premature closure of these structures results in microcephaly and is cause for concern. Your pediatrician checks these structures at every well visit until 2-3 years of age. ...Read more

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Why on the rigth side of my 4 month old grandson head is flat we turn hem all the time it look like a baby that lay n 1 spot all the time but not hem?

Why on the rigth side of my 4 month old grandson head is flat  we turn hem all the time it look like a baby that lay n 1 spot all the time but not hem?

See your Peds doc!: There are some congenital abnormalities that are related to premature closure of the cranial sutures (craniosynostosis). In layman terms- areas of the head that can close early resulting in skull deformities. Some need to be fixed by surgery. There are some that are clearly positional- with modifying sleep habits or using a helmet- these deformities can be solved. Some are completely normal. ...Read more

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How can I fix the flat spot on my 6 month old baby's head?

How can I fix the flat spot on my 6 month old baby's head?

Depends: This issue has emerged since the 90's when we shifted to back sleeping to avoid SIDS. Many self correct when they begin to sit upright & get out of the position that prolongs it.Some who sleep leaning to one or other side develop a neck muscle issue and need stretching exercises.Rare kids might benefit from a helmet.These treatments are all dependent on a good evaluation done with your doc. ...Read more

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Baby has flat spot right back side and in front left side. Will her head shape be fine later or will it be same. Worried. Birth time she was fine. ?

Baby has flat spot right back side and in front left side. Will her head shape be fine later or will it be same. Worried. Birth time she was fine. ?

"back to sleep": When it was established that putting an infant tummy side down increased the risk of SIDS, parents were told to put infants on their backs to sleep. Since an infant's skull is very malleable, it can cause flattening of the back of the skull. Give your baby plenty of tummy time while awake. As her brain grows and her sleep position varies, this flattening may get less apparent with time. ...Read more

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I have an area on the top of my head (where a baby's soft spot is) that is indented and it hurts very badly when I touch it. Is this serious?

Indentation: At your age you should not have a soft spot in your skull. I would see your doctor and possible a skull film to examine the thickness of your bone in your skull. It is possible you have an infection in your scalp but typically that would cause the skin to swell or stick out and bulge, not indent in. ...Read more