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My baby has a fever and her soft spot is bulging what can I do?

My baby has a fever and her soft spot is bulging  what can I do?

Laying down or up: If babies soft spot is full or bulgy laying down it can be normal. If it is bulging while held upright it is a problem. Either way, if the way baby looks bothers you have her seen this afternoon by her pcp or at an urgent care center. ...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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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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Does fever cause bulge in soft spot?

Does fever cause bulge in soft spot?

Need to clarify: What and where do you mean by a soft spot? Your question needs clarification. ...Read more

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What can cause a 6month old soft spot to bulge with low grade fever?

What can cause a 6month old soft spot to bulge with low grade fever?

Depends on situation: If it bulges when baby is upright, it can mean excess pressure has built up in the head & is a reason to go in & have baby checked. Normally hydrated infants can bulge laying down and or during fussy periods. ...Read more

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Acute pain in calf muscle at a specific spot. I can feel a slight bulge when I touch the spot. The condition exists from several years.

Acute pain in calf muscle at a specific spot. I can feel a slight bulge when I touch the spot. The condition exists from several years.

May be injured: This sounds like an old injury to the calf muscle which may have resulted in adhesions (scarring) as part of healing. A new growth must also be ruled out. A diagnostic ultrasound can be ordered, but an MRI would be more useful. It needs to be examined. See a podiatrist, foot/ankle specialist or orthopedist. ...Read more

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Does bulge soft spot in 10 mths a sign for hydrocephalus due to IV hemorrhage. No other symptoms. Neurologist wants to wait for next appt in 3 weeks ?

Does bulge soft spot in 10 mths a sign for hydrocephalus due to IV hemorrhage. No other symptoms. Neurologist wants to wait for next appt in 3 weeks  ?

Hydrocephalus: Sounds scary. An ultrasound can be done. Has the head circumference increased more than usual? Is the soft spot compressible? Perhaps it would be wise to check with your pediatrician to see if an appointment before that time would be beneficial. I imagine the neurologist may want to see unusual growth of head circumference prior to referring to a pediatric neurosurgeon for shunt placement. ...Read more

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10mth front head (end of forehead beginning of hair) is bulging. Soft spot flat, head size same but always big. History of IV hemorrhage no symptoms?

10mth front head (end of forehead beginning of hair) is bulging.  Soft spot flat, head size same but always big. History of IV hemorrhage no symptoms?

Get help: This does not sound good at all, especially if the anterior fontanelle is flat. I would have a pediatrician or ER doc evaluate this ASAP. Did the child have any recent trauma? Any neurological signs such as sleepiness or abnormal movements ? Plead have this evaluated immediately, may need ultrasound or scan ...Read more

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9-hour flight. Ankle was noticeably swollen. Looks much better after 2 days. Now thigh has bulging spot. Mild aching. No redness or warmth. Doctor?

9-hour flight. Ankle was noticeably swollen. Looks much better after 2 days. Now thigh has bulging spot. Mild aching. No redness or warmth. Doctor?

Deep vein thrombosis: This definitely needs evaluation, because what you describe is consistent with a 'DVT' or deep vein thrombosis. Since you were sitting still for 9 hours, the blood in your legs wasn't circulating well- and that means you could have formed a clot in the leg that is swollen. A doctor can do a quick ultrasound to determine if that's true. Then, you may well need treatment depending on the findings. ...Read more

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Why do the vein on the back of my left hand(near knuckle of middle finger)bulge in only one small spot?It happens on and off.No pain.Is it worrisome?

Why do the vein on the back of my left hand(near knuckle of middle finger)bulge in only one small spot?It happens on and off.No pain.Is it worrisome?

Vein: Veins dilate in association with fluid status. The size of a vein will change in relation to total body fluid, activity of extremity or position of extremity. Pressure on proximal part of vein. As long as the vein does not stay distended should not worry. However if red, tender and firm get checked. ...Read more

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

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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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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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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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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Wat does " u have 5 spots on ur spine that r bulging out " mean? should I b worried? I askd but all he said was I'm fine

Wat does " u have 5 spots on ur spine that r bulging out " mean? should I b worried? I askd but all he said was I'm fine

Not much information: I presume these were disc bulges noted on a lumbar or cervical MRI. It's not uncommon for disc bulges to be noted on MRI studies. It depends on the size and location whether these are significant lesions. In most cases, this finding is normal or at least common for your age group but must be considered in conjunction with your symptoms and exam findings. ...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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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