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Bulging fontannele: It depends on the age of the child. After 12 to 18 months the fontanelle is closing and therefore it may not be open enogh for you to tell it may be bulging. If your child is healthy, does not have a fever and is acting normally, i would not keep checking the closing fontanelle. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In an infant, the space where two skull-bone sutures join forms a membrane-covered "soft spot" called a fontanel (fontanelle). The fontanels allow for growth of the skull during an infant's first year. The fontanels should feel firm and very slightly curved inward to the touch. A tense or bulging fontanel occurs when fluid builds up in the skull cavity or when pressure increases in the brain (increased intracranial pressure). When the infant is crying, lying down, or vomiting, the fontanels may look like they are slightly bulging, but they should return to normal when the infant is in ...Read more
Very normal: This is a very common finding in newborns! ...Read more
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
Hi. I have just noticed two large soft spots on my head. It is similar to a baby's fontanelle and I can not feel the scalp underneath. What could it b?
Not clear: You question is not clear. Do you feel the scalp. Do you feel the skull ...Read more
More info: Need additional information to answer your question such as how old is your child. ...Read more
? Problem: Normally closed by now.You need to be sure that the skull is not expanding due to increased intracranial pressure.Tis potentially can be dangerous.Ask your pediatrician. ...Read more
Why my baby's anterior fontanelle smell different than the other body parts? The smell is not that bad but im confuse what make it smell like that?
No scientific reason: I can't think of a scientific reason for this, nor do I know the age of your baby. It is not unusual for babies to develop a "cradle cap" rash which can have a distinct smell. Are there scaly patches on the babies scalp? If you see nothing, then I would not give it a second thought. In fact, the best thing for the " cradle cap" rash is to ALSO do nothing! Enjoy your baby! ...Read more
Molding initially: As babies make their way through the birth canal, their skull plates overlap to a degree to pass through. It is not unusual for this to result in a small fontanelle at birth. Your hospital physician will verify that the plates are " mobile" by exam. The overlap resolves within the first week or two of life. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Get checked: If you are checking the fontanelle while your baby is laying down, then it may appear bulging due to gravity, so sit the baby up and check it. If it is still bulging or if the baby has a fever or is lethargic or inconsolable and very cranky then get your baby checked immediately. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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