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Baby Head Squished
More details?: The opening at the top of the baby's head is called a fontanelle. It usually gradually closes by the end of the first year to 15 months. If you are palpating a swelling in that area, the baby needs to be checked. An ultrasound may be performed through that opening. If the baby fell, and there is a swelling, the baby will need to be further assessed as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
2 month old forcefully hit her head into my head while I was burping her. Could this hurt her head/brain?
Head Bonk!: Oh gosh, so sorry to hear this. This does not sound like a concerning mechanism to me for serious injury. Does she have a contusion ( bruise ) forming? Watch her for signs of poor feeding or sleepiness at an unusual time of day. Go ahead and put her down for a nap at nap time If she vomits or appears sick to you, have her seen by your pediatrician. Again, this mechanism is very low risk. ...Read more
Can your cervix move forward if stuck behind baby head (head is lower than cervix) @ 40 weeks? Will the cervix dialate at all behind baby head
Yes: It appears that you are referring to a posterior cervix which is normal. In a first pregnancy, the baby usually descends early into the pelvis and the cervix being posterior is behind the baby's head. As labor ensues, the cervix will dilate and eventually become mid position and is applied to the baby's head in preparation for delivery. ...Read more
Head measurement: Was your child premature? If so there is a correction that can be made to more accurately determine appropriateness of head size. Was your baby small for gestational age? Has the head circumference been growing at a rate parallel to the isobars on the head circimference chart, wven though it may be below the 5th percentile. Speak to your pediatrician about these issues. ...Read more
Look for Changes...: Look for changes in behavior. Children hit their heads often; most do very well after an accident. Crying in this case is good unless it is prolonged. Look for excessive sleepiness, vomiting, or change in mental status. If a bump (goose egg) is there and there is no bleeding, try a cold compress or sack of frozen peas. If vomiting does occur call your doctor or go directly to the er. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: A flat head (plagiocephaly) does not affect development, and the flatness will go away as your baby spends more time on his tummy when awake and begins to roll, crawl and move. However, a baby who has developmental problems is more likely to have a persistent flat head since he is not moving around as he should. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
3 weeks old baby always keeps her head facing right side. She doesn't feel comfortable keeping head turned left side. Is that a concern?
Picked my new born baby up forgot to support neck and head my baby head kinda flopped back did I hurt him? Will this cause problems in the future ?
Most unlikely: If damage had been done your baby would be very unhappy particularly with head movementif baby did not cry when this occurred I think you are OK. If baby has full range of motion of his head without discomfort you have done no damage. Do not worry. However, If he seems to have tenderness with head movement see his PCPfor evaluation right away ...Read more
If a 9 mo. Old has a skull fracture, can playing "bouncy-bouncy" on your leg, (baby's rear lifts off mommy's leg, baby's head flops) cause injury?
How protected is babys fontanelle i find my baby across his crib and he pushes up with his feet when his head is against the bars?
Likely OK but....: The brain is relatively well protected, even in the fontanel regions. Babies themselves usually cannot create enough pressure/force to hurt themselves. But it depends on the specific case. Please make sure there are no "pointy" regions on the crib that the baby could potentially hurt themselves on. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My baby kicked up off my thighs hitting the top of her head over her soft spot into my chin. Could this hurt her? She didn't cry and is acting fine.
See below: It depends on what kind of abnormal head shape. If there is some mild flattening by lying on back, or in one position all the time, then there is probably no affect on the brain. If the abnormality is formed by the skull sutures fusing, so restricting the space inside the skull, then yes the brain can be hurt. Talk to your physician about which problem you are dealing with. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 21 month old hit head she fell while strapped in her booster seat her chair tipped over and fell back...Pretty sure she hit her head?
Yes: A newborn's soft spot can often show slight pulsation. It is nothing to worry about. As long as your baby is otherwise well you can ignore this. ...Read more
Lymphnode: I am asked about this all the time! in most instances these are small lymph nodes overlying the posterior skull and have no medical significance. The simplest solution is to ask your pediatrition to examine the area to rule out any serious pathology ; this could include reactive nodes secondary to a scalp condition and more generalized abnormalities of the lymphatic system. ...Read more
Occasionally my 4.5 year old son rolls his eyes sideways and turning his head (jerky motion) sideways in the right direction.
? Nystagmus : He needs to be evacuated by a neurologist/ENT, might not need any treatment, but he needs to be seen, best wishes ...Read more