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What could cause a quarter sized tingling spot on back of head? Could it be related to the fact that i'm sleep deprived?

What could cause a quarter sized tingling spot on back of head? Could it be related to the fact that i'm sleep deprived?

Superficial nerve: This sounds like merely an irritable, superficial nerve in your scalp and probably is not related to being sleep deprived. If symptoms worsen or headaches develop, have a physician check it. ...Read more

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Do babies get flat spots on their heads if they sleep on their backs?

Do babies get flat spots on their heads if they sleep on their backs?

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

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When in tired and I try to lay down and sleep sometime I hear thesse pops in my head followed by like a warm sensation at the spot where it happens. What could this be?

When in tired and I try to lay down and sleep sometime I hear thesse pops in my head followed by like a warm sensation at the spot where it happens. What could this be?

Sinus disease: This sounds like you may have fluid in your sinuses that drains when you change positions. This is a guess but I am not aware of any other things this may be. Does not sound life threatening. ...Read more

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Baby sleeps on back with head turned, can this cause any problems?

Baby sleeps on back with head turned, can this cause any problems?

Back is good: Sleeping on the back is good. Most babies turn their head to one side or the other. As long as the head is not always turned to the same side to the point of having trouble turning it the opposite direction, or causing flat spots, then it is ok. ...Read more

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I have a tender spot on the back of my head. What could be the cause?

I have a tender spot on the back of my head. What could be the cause?

Probably nothing: You have probably bumped or irritated the "spot" in some manner. Have someone look to see if there is anything visable. If not, give it a while. Remember, in medicine, something bad usually does not go away and gets worse and becomes apparent, if it goes away, it was nothing to start with. ...Read more

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I have a flat tender spot on the back of my head like where the swirl is what can this be?

I have a flat tender spot on the back of my head like where the swirl is what can this be?

Swelling: If you didn't injure the spot where the head is tender (bumped your head) then it is most likely some skin irritation. You could have an allergic response to some shampoo or other hair treatment. As long as you are not an infant, the skull is closed and it is only the scalp you are feeling. There are rare situations when the skull is not closed from birth, but you would have known about that. ...Read more

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Baby has flat spot right back side and in front left side. Will her head shape be fine later or will it be same. Worried. Birth time she was fine. ?

Baby has flat spot right back side and in front left side. Will her head shape be fine later or will it be same. Worried. Birth time she was fine. ?

"back to sleep": When it was established that putting an infant tummy side down increased the risk of SIDS, parents were told to put infants on their backs to sleep. Since an infant's skull is very malleable, it can cause flattening of the back of the skull. Give your baby plenty of tummy time while awake. As her brain grows and her sleep position varies, this flattening may get less apparent with time. ...Read more

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My 6 year old has a tender spot in back of his head that hurts when he touch it what could be the cause?

My 6 year old has a tender spot in back of his head that hurts when he touch it what could be the cause?

Several things: A swollen lymph node, a goose egg from prior trauma he didn't tell you about, an insect bite that is becoming inflamed. If any of these fit you can monitor it until it either goes away or you decide to have it checked out. ...Read more