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Soft Spot Sunken (Definition)

Soft spot on head is sunken is a symptom in which the soft spot (fontanels) on top of a baby's head is less firm than usual, and is moderately sunken below the scalp. Sunken fontanels can be seen in babies with dehydration. A normal soft spot is slightly "sunken" below the level ...Read more


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Soft spot feels sunken in when holding 6w girl upright not when lying down. Veins on head look visible and feel dented or deep cut. Are these normal?

Soft spot feels sunken in when holding 6w girl upright not when lying down.  Veins on head look visible and feel dented or deep cut. Are these normal?

Probably. : It's normal for the soft spot to flatten, sink and bulge depending on positioning, crying and hydration status. And infants do normally have visible scalp veins. What matters is how is the baby acting? Feeding ok? Sleeping ok? Irritable? Fever? If other issues, contact your pediatrician. ...Read more

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My sons soft spot has sunken a little what should I do?

My sons soft spot has sunken a little what should I do?

Not to worry: A little bit of sinking is entirely normal. It's when it goes the other way, "bulging" that we pediatricians get freaked out. If it is sunken a lot to the point it looks like a bowl, baby may need a bit extra fluid intake. Otherwise, don't worry. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my 7 moth old 's soft spot to not be sunken in?

Is it normal for  my 7 moth old 's soft spot to not be sunken in?

Positional: Babies soft spot acts somewhat like a water balloon in that laying down the soft spot may bulge out a little and sitting up it is often flat with the skull or a little sunken. Under the spot lies the coverings of the brain & a fluid filled envelope that acts as a cushion from trauma. ...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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6w5d newborn is not dehydrated however soft spot feels a little bit sunken. She's alert no other signs of dehydration. How sunken should it be? ER?

6w5d newborn is not dehydrated however soft spot feels a little bit sunken.  She's alert no other signs of dehydration. How sunken should it be? ER?

Not much: If a child is otherwise well, taking normal feeds and urinating routinely without vomiting, diarrhea, fevers, etc, a slight depression of the fontanelle ("soft spot") need not be cause for alarm. Unless something else of concern is happening, this is not a reason to visit the ER. A pediatrician could safely confirm that this is normal during regular hours. ...Read more

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I noticed a spot under my eye. It is red and appears to be sunken in like a hole with purple spider viens in and around. What could this be?

I noticed a spot under my eye.  It is red and appears to be sunken in like a hole with purple spider viens in and around.  What could this be?

You really need to: have this checked out! Your eye doctor can see it iunder a slit lamp microscope and tell you exactly what's going on. Any inflammation will have dilated capillaries surrounding it. The key is to get to it early, and see what else is going on INSIDE the eyeball too! So, don't delay! It may be nothing, and then it may be something! We can't diagnose on this forum, but your doctor can! Call now! ...Read more

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What are the soft spots on my infant's scalp?

What are the soft spots on my infant's scalp?

Fontanelles: Fontanelles are soft spots on an infant's head that represent where the bones that make up the skull will later fuse. Most babies have an anterior fontanelle (in the front), and some neonates may have a posterior fontanelle (in the back), though this is uncommon. The anterior fontanelle typical closes around 12 months of age. ...Read more

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