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Baby head bump?

Baby head bump?

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 more

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Can an abnormal head shape hurt my baby's brain?

Can an abnormal head shape hurt my baby's brain?

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 more

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Baby's head measuring 1 week behind microcephaly?

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

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Can high pressure on head, deform, dent or change head shape?

Can high pressure on head, deform, dent or change head shape?

Denting head ?: hello~ your question is not well crafted but I assume you mean pressure to the EXTERIOR of the skull. If so, external pressure can only change the shape of the skull if it is applied BEFORE the sutures in the pediatric skull have fused and by and large that means before 2 years of age. Anterior fontanelle is closed by about 18 months and the sutures fuse then too, so roughly by 2 years of age thx ...Read more

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Will my baby’s flat head hinder his development?

Will my baby’s flat head hinder his development?

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 more

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Do babys born with round faces stay round?

Do babys born with round faces stay round?

They evolve: Most babies faces are somewhat round and their profile somewhat flat. Their contours gradually evolve over life, achieving 90% of adult head size by age 9-10 and a leaning out that is gradual. ...Read more

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Is a 23 head circumference size normal?

Is a 23 head circumference size normal?

Hope so: I suppose you mean inches in circumference.This is is on the larger size for an adult, but since mine is bigger, i think it is fine. It does make finding head gear that fits a bit harder. It would be a bit off the chart for a 3 year old. ...Read more

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2 month baby , dry skin on the head . Help?

2 month baby , dry skin on the head . Help?

Normal variation: Cradle cap occurs when normal aging skin cells fail to shead from the scalp in infants.Moms typicly use mild shampoos to avoid eye irritation but these shampoos do not have the chemicals needed to break up skin oils.Some infants have thicker skin oil which acts like glue & prevents skin cells from separating.Dandruf shampoos+soft cuticle brushes used regularly will solve this problem. ...Read more

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How is head lice formed on your head?

How is head lice formed on your head?

Get from others: Head lice are small insects that do not form on your head, but you get them from others. They lay eggs, called nits, which are glued to the hair shafts. Head lice do not cause disease but have a high 'yuck' factor! several treatments are available to get rid of them. ...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 if my baby's head circumference is small?

What if my baby's head circumference is small?

Repete measurments: One measurment is never enough-- the progress is whats inportant have several messure a mont apart--also how is baby developing is it normal? ...Read more

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When will my baby's pointed head take a more normal shape?

When will my baby's pointed head take a more normal shape?

Depends on a reason: A baby outside of the newborn period should not have a pointed head, so parents should discuss any unusual head shape with the doctor. Newborns often have pointy heads, due to the molding (the moving of the skull plates into overlapping positions to make a narrower skull) that occurs inside the mom's pelvis and vagina as a baby is being born. Newborns' heads normalize their shape in a few days. ...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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Docs, could a babies flat head hurt their brain growth in anyway?

Docs, could a babies flat head hurt their brain growth in anyway?

No brain injury: positional plagiocephaly means flattening of one side of skull usually becaue the babe always lies in the same position. Cosmetic problem only, however try to prevent by 'Tummy Time' and placing babe in different positions in car seat. ...Read more

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When will my baby's soft spots on his head go away?

When will my baby's soft spots on his head go away?

1 years: They will get smaller and smaller; by 1 year of age you should no longer be able to find them in most children. ...Read more

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My 4 mos baby always sleep with his head tilted back. Is it normal?

My 4 mos baby always sleep with his head tilted back. Is it normal?

Back to sleep: Head position okay as long as you are putting baby to sleep on his back. Back to sleep is crucial to prevent sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS. Also make sure you don't have any blankets, bumpers or pillows in baby's crib. All are suffocation risks. ...Read more

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How do I ensure my baby's head stays the same shape?

How do I ensure my baby's head stays the same shape?

Tummy time!: Many babies develop flattening of the back of the head in the first 4-6 months from sleeping on their backs. Tummy time can help to avoid this. Also, make sure you put your baby in different seats, different positions and encourage him/her to look to both sides in the first few months. Most flattening resolves on its own when babies start to sit up (after 6 months). ...Read more

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