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Baby S Soft Spot Closing Too Soon
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
Fontanel: A baby's soft spot is covered by a tough leathery membrane. However, at times you can feel or even see the pulse through it. That is normal. ...Read more
No: These are birthmarks, usually on the lower back and buttocks. Most often seen in people of color. The cause is totally unknown as is the reason they occur. They are cosmetic only with no known problems or complications. ...Read more
Is it possible for babies to have sunken soft spot due to stress. My son gets sunken soft spot when trying to sit or stand and its gone when he lying?
Pressure monitor: The soft spot reflects the pressure of the fluid underneath. When a baby is upright, it tends to flatten or dip, like a water balloon. Likewise, when they lay down, it fills and may bulge like the same water balloon. If they cry, pressure goes up, if dehydrated, it goes down. If it is ever tense and full, a doc should check baby. ...Read more
Usually nothing.: Echogenic material in the fetal stomach is sometimes seen in prenatal ultrasound, but is usually of no clinical significance. This may be swallowed vernix caseosa, desquamed epithelial clumps, or metabolic products of subchorionic blood after a hemorrhagic episode. In the latter case, the fetal gastric debris is still not a problem in and of itself, rather a marker of a previously existing problem. ...Read more
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
Maybe: That depends on what it is and what it looks like. When you next visit your pediatrician, point it out and ask him/her. ...Read more
In babies when they are eight months old where thier soft spot is do u feel their brain activity meaning to ask is that normal?
Soft spot: The soft spot begins to close around a year, giving the brain room to grow. ...Read more
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
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
Dermatologist says my infant son has developed a congenital nevus (specifically a cafe au lait spot) on his face within past few weeks. How likely will this turn into a huge, black, hairy mole? Nervous! :- (
Not going to happen: The black hairy nevus (bathing trunk nevus) does not arise from a café au lait spot. The BHN is visible at birth in its true form. It can expand some as the kid grows, but is a separate issue from the more common café au lait spots. ...Read more
Fontanelles: Fontanelles are soft spots on an infant's head that represent where the bones that make up the skull will later fuse. Most babies have an anterior fontanelle (in the front), and some neonates may have a posterior fontanelle (in the back), though this is uncommon. The anterior fontanelle typical closes around 12 months of age. ...Read more
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
Spots will resolve: Milia are very common, and though frustrating for parents to see are not associated with any underlying problem. The little white bumps on the face will resolve with time and I generally recommend parents do nothing to make them go away any faster. They will not cause any permanent scarring and are not painful to the baby. Feel reassured your baby is ok and watchful waiting is the best medicine! ...Read more
Some babies are born with these blue spots. They mimic bruises and hence can be easily mistaken for child abuse and/ or serious hematlogical diseases.
Hence a careful exam by pediatrician and notification in patients chart is necessary. ...Read more
I've just noticed some patches of sore spots on my 1 year old babies tongue, what could it be and should I be worried?
Spots: Please see your pediatric dentist or pediatrician. Without a description of the spots (color size) it is hard to say. The most common in children is thrush and is easily treated. Be sure all the toys are clean especially toys that enter the mouth and again please see your health care professional. ...Read more
My infant and toddler both have hand foot & mouth. Are they still contagious once the spots appear? Also my infant is 9mths old. Dangerous or ok?
Hand Foot and Mouth: Hand, foot, and mouth disease is usually not serious. The illness is typically mild, and nearly all patients recover in 7 to 10 days without medical treatment. Complications are uncommon except for dehydration. Hand foot and mouth is contagious roughly for a few days before the symptoms appear untill they start to feel better and the spots and ulcers have healed over, so usually about 7 to 10 days. ...Read more
Does craniosynostosis mean a baby's soft spot is closed or their suture lines? Are the soft spot and cranio independent of each other?
Craniosynostosis: Craniosynostosis is the premature closure of a growth plate or suture. Most children will close only one suture early although some genetic syndromes will close multiple sutures. The soft spot or fontanelle is the point where multiple sutures come together. Fontanelles will usually close with the suture. ...Read more
No: I don't believe this would be the reason for premature closure. ...Read more
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