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Dr. William Singer
Board Certified, Pediatric Neurology
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I can't tell if my babies fontanelle is bulging?

I can't tell if my babies fontanelle is bulging?

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 more

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Dr. Adam Levy
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Dr. Osman Farooq
Board Certified, Pediatric Neurology
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How to diffentiate a normal and bulging fontanelle?

How to diffentiate a normal and bulging fontanelle?

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 more

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Dr. Adam Levy
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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
Board Certified, Neurology
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My 6mnth LG'sp fontanelle is slightly bulging this morning. She is not feverish or fussy. She is eating & drinking as normal. Should I be concerned?

My 6mnth LG'sp fontanelle is slightly bulging this morning. She is not feverish or fussy. She is eating & drinking as normal. Should I be concerned?

I wouldn't worry: Kudos that you're noticing these things. Don't get too obsessive. And no need to be pressing it really. Imagine if someone were messin' with your fonatanelle! Your baby is fine. If they change their behavior, develop a fever, a rash, diarrhea, strong odor to their urine, or reduce their feeding habits then, time to visit the pediatrician. Here's my calling card www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Board Certified, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
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Bulging fontanelle in 10 mths a sign for hydrocephalus due to IV hemorrhage. No other symptoms. Neurologist wants to wait for next appt in 3 weeks ?

Bulging fontanelle in 10 mths a sign for hydrocephalus due to IV hemorrhage. No other symptoms. Neurologist wants to wait for next appt in 3 weeks ?

It may be prudent : to ask your pediatrician for referral to a pediatric neurosurgeon who shares patients with your pediatric neurologist. Also, if the same person in the pediatrician's office checks baby's head circumference sequentially, an increase in head size may be noticeable even over a few days. Enroll your baby now in Early Intervention, http://texasprojectfirst.org/ECI.html, for optimal future development. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Levy
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Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
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Why would a pediatric md send a baby to plastic surgery for a bulging fontanelle?

Why would a pediatric md send a baby to plastic surgery for a bulging fontanelle?

Craniosyostosis: The pediatrician is concerned that the child may have elevated intracranial pressure. This can come from a number of things including premature fusion of the bone plates of the skull. A craniofacial plastic surgeon needs to evaluate this to ensure proper development. If the bones are fused then surgery may be required. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Board Certified, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
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Why the overpressure on the anterior fontanelle by neonatal brain ultrasound cause bradycardia of the neonate?

Why the overpressure on the anterior fontanelle by neonatal brain ultrasound cause bradycardia of the neonate?

Cushing reflex : Increased intracranial pressure from any cause at any age & decreased blood flow to certain parts of the brain can cause Cushing's triad: increased blood pressure, irregular breathing, & bradycardia. Since a neonate's skull bones aren't fused, increased pressure causes the fontanelle to bulge. Doctors will determine the cause - hydrocephalus, bleeding, infection, etc. & reduce the pressure ASAP. ...Read more

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Dr. Wenjay Sung
Board Certified, Podiatry
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My boyfriend has fluid filed bulge around the size of a quarter on his wrist. It does not hurt. What is this and the cause?

My boyfriend has fluid filed bulge around the size of a quarter on his wrist.  It does not hurt.  What is this and the cause?

Ganglion cyst: It's probably a ganglion cyst. This is a fluid filled sac/bursa that usually forms due to a herniation in tendon sheath or joint capsule. Nearly all of them are benign and they can occur randomly due to microtrauma. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Sinclair
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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What can cause a bulging rectum into the anus and how can it be corrected?

What can cause a bulging rectum into the anus and how can it be corrected?

Rectal prolapse: The last part of the colon, your rectum can come out of the anus. This called prolapse, it usually requires surgery to fix it. ...Read more

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Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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My MRI reports are normal but I have a suspicious focal bulge, please tell me possible causes?

My MRI reports are normal but I have a suspicious focal bulge, please tell me possible causes?

Do you have problem: If you did not i would not worry about, if you do follow your doctor instructions. ...Read more

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