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My 5 month old baby's soft spot is raised and pulsating.

In what position?: It is common for the soft spot to feel full if a baby is laying down & a bit less full when they sit up. Pulsations would be odd in any condition & worth a doc visit. ...Read more

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Why is my baby's fontanel (soft spot) swollen?

Why is my baby's fontanel (soft spot) swollen?

Go to ED: If the fontanel is bulging it needs IMMEDIATE evaluation! Get off the computer and get your baby to a doctor. ...Read more

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My newborn baby soft spot in head moves up n down like a pulse. Is this normal?

My newborn baby soft spot in head moves up n down like a pulse. Is this normal?

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

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When does a baby soft spot go away?

When does a baby soft spot go away?

Soft spot: The soft spot usually closes around a year to 15 months. ...Read more

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Does the presence of a bulging fontanel (soft spot) mean that my baby has meningitis?

Does the presence of a bulging fontanel (soft spot) mean that my baby has meningitis?

Possibly, but...: A bulging fontanel is associated with meningitis. But babies with meningitis have other issues, which may include fevers, poor feeding, lethargy. And bulging fontanel is not only caused by meningitis either. Please see your child's pediatrician if you are concerned. ...Read more

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My babys soft spot on his head keeps pulsing up and down like a pulse is that normal?

My babys soft spot on his head keeps pulsing up and down like a pulse is that normal?

Yes: The soft spot is are region of the skull where the bones are not yet developed but will grow in with time. Major blood channels are located in this region, and the area will pulsate with the heart beat and with breathing in a normal manner. In cases of severe brain pressure the soft spot can bulge and the pulsing may stop. This becomes a serious problem that needs urgent evaluation. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for delayed closure of anterior fontanel soft spot?

What is the best treatment for delayed closure of anterior fontanel soft spot?

Patience: Most kids will have what feels to be closure of the anterior fontanel by 15-18 mo but some may persist. The separation between the bones will persist to some degree until about 9 when kids reach their adult head size. In examining thousands of kids over 3 decades, I never found one that didn't eventually close. ...Read more

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Having irregular but recurring sharp stabbing pulsating pain at 1 spot on top of my foot for 3 days. Happened before too, but very rarely. Vit B def.?

Having irregular but recurring sharp stabbing pulsating pain at 1 spot on top of my foot for 3 days. Happened before too, but very rarely. Vit B def.?

Probabaly not: This is probably not a vitamin deficiency. That type of pain is more persistent and burning often. It sounds like a nerve impingement. Look at your shoes and perhaps try some inserts in your shoes to give you more cushioning. If no relief see a podiatrist. ...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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Pounding throbbing spot on the back of my head, about 3 inches big. What could if be?

Pounding throbbing spot on the back of my head, about 3 inches big. What could if be?

Needs evaluation: You might want to call your primary -- things like you describe need to be evaluated face-to-face. Good luck! ...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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What causes colored spots in vision daily that's worse when I'm anxious. And pulsating vision when coughing?

What causes colored spots in vision daily that's worse when I'm anxious. And pulsating vision when coughing?

Couple possibilities: Increased intracranial pressure, either due to pseudotumor cerebri, systemic hypertension, with Valsalva exacerbations. Sounds like you may have scotoma, or - very unlikely - localized occipital cortex kindling. Are you on depakote for seizures or vascular migraine prophylaxis? Are you on HCTZ (hydrochlorothiazide) for high blood pressure or PTC? Consider stopping Ovcon - associated with bad cerebrovascular events. ...Read more

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Isolated pain in a single spot on the left side of my head. It is near the back of my head and the upper side of my left side. Throbbing pain.

Isolated pain in a single spot on the left side of my head. It is near the back of my head and the upper side of my left side. Throbbing pain.

Occipital neuralgia.: Irritation of the main nerve that runs from the back of the skull can cause occipital neuralgia.. It is suspected that tense muscles or ligaments may press against the nerve, causing irritation, inflammation and subsequent pain. Other causes may include viral infection, trauma to the neck or bad posture. ...Read more

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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?

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

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When my baby turned 4 months a little red spot appeared on my babies cheek, will it ever go away?

When my baby turned 4 months a little red spot appeared on my babies cheek, will it ever go away?

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

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Having a headache (occipital area) for 2weeks now. Always on the same spot, and feels like a throbbing pain that goes on and off. What causes it?

Occipital neuralgia: This is likely occipital neuralgia and pressing/tapping on the specific spot in the back of your head (occipital nerve trunks) may cause local tenderness, shooting pain, tingling along the back of the head and is supportive of this dx if present. Occipital nerve block helps to diagnose and treat this condition. Another possibility is cervicogenic HA (referred pain from the upper cervical joints). ...Read more

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In babies where their soft spot is do you feel like a beating there activity rather?

In babies where their soft spot is do you feel like a beating there activity rather?

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

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It a mongolian spot a medical condition? Why do some babies get them?

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

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Throbbing headache in one spot for 3 days. Started dull but then severe on the 3rd day but then went away. Migraine? No other symptoms

Throbbing headache in one spot for 3 days. Started dull but then severe on the 3rd day but then went away. Migraine? No other symptoms

You may be right: Sounds potentially migraine, but if repetitive and causes more problems, a Concierge visit could point toward approaches to manage this. ...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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Stinging/pulsing pain on top left of head. Always same spot. No trauma before. Lasts from seconds to hours, it's random. Relaxing makes it go away?

Stinging/pulsing pain on top left of head. Always same spot. No trauma before. Lasts from seconds to hours, it's random. Relaxing makes it go away?

Migraine type: Headache may come with stress, Dehydration, Menstrual Period, High Chocolate and Cheese intake.
So try to drink lots of water, avoid heavy chocolate, caffine and Cheese intake and if it incapacitates you around your period you can talk to your doctor how to treat.
Good that you relax and may at times be taking Tylenol/Naproxen to help ...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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When I stand up or bend down and pick my head up I get a throbbing sensation on the left side of my head and that spot is sore. What can it be? Serious?

When I stand up or bend down and pick my head up I get a throbbing sensation on the left side of my head and that spot is sore. What can it be? Serious?

It's hard to tell.: Get checked for hypertension, temporal arteritis/inflamed artery, migraine etc. Take care and God bless you!
http://www. Healthgrades. Com/symptoms/throbbing-headache ...Read more

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#3 molar surgically removed 8 days ago. Day 5 I began having increased throbbing. I can see a black spot so I'm assuming clot? Is this normal?

#3 molar surgically removed 8 days ago. Day 5 I began having increased throbbing. I can see a black spot so I'm assuming clot? Is this normal?

Yes and no: Black spot most likely clot in the socket. But throbbing pain 5 days later uncommon and would be worried about infection. Have you discussed with your oral surgeon? When is your follow up visit after the procedure? Best to call and talk with them about your symptoms. Dr R ...Read more

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Pulsing and deep stinging pain on the same spot in head? Happens randomly if I'm stressed, walking, etc. Always lasts a min or hrs. Scared? Only 18.

Pulsing and deep stinging pain on the same spot in head? Happens randomly if I'm stressed, walking, etc. Always lasts a min or hrs. Scared? Only 18.

See a doctor: Bad headache always represents a particular diagnostic challenge. See your doctor or a headache specialist for evaluation, diagnosis and proper treatment. Take care. ...Read more