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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. William Singer
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Soft Spot On Top Of Head (Definition)

In an infant, the space where two skull-bone sutures join forms a membrane-covered "soft spot" called a fontanel (fontanelle). The fontanels allow for growth of the skull during an infant's first year. The fontanels should feel firm and very slightly curved inward to the touch. A tense or bulging fontanel occurs when fluid builds up in the skull cavity or when pressure increases in the brain (increased intracranial pressure). When the infant is crying, lying down, or vomiting, the fontanels may look like they are slightly bulging, but they should return to normal when the infant is in ...Read more


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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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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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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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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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What are the potential complications for infant born @ 28 weeks? My daughter is 21 weeks pregnant. Scans show the infant is developing normally. Her cervix is opening and thinning and the membranes are showing but not bulging. Her physicians gave two opti

What are the potential complications for infant born @ 28 weeks? My daughter is 21 weeks pregnant. Scans show the infant is developing normally. Her cervix is opening and thinning and the membranes are showing but not bulging. Her physicians gave two opti

Regarding : Regarding the timing of a placement of a cerclage, I do not think that there is clear consensus on the utility at 21 weeks gestation, and the benefit/risk ratio must be weighed carefully and individually for each patient. In general, the presence of fetal membranes prolapsing through the external cervical os is a relative contraindication to the procedure because the risk of the accidental rupture of the membranes in this setting is great. When premature labor develops and cannot be stopped, the health care team will prepare for a high-risk delivery and immediate resuscitation. The “special care” of a premature infant happens in a neonatal intensive care unit (nicu) and involves the treatment of every organ system in the baby. For example, the preemie baby’s temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate, and oxygen saturation is constantly monitored. Soon after birth, the infant will probably need help via technology to feed, via a feeding tube, and breathe via a ventilator and/or supplemental oxygen administration. In addition, the infant may develop problems with digestion or infections. It is not uncommon for very premature infants to require a blood transfusion at some point during their course in the intensive care unit, and if there is a genetic reason that has contributed to the prematurity, those specific issues will be managed as well. Hospital care is needed until the infant is able to breathe without extra support, feed by mouth, and maintains body temperature and a stable or increasing body weight. Babies born before 37 weeks gestation can have long-term medical or developmental concerns that continue into childhood or longer. In general, the earlier an infant is born and the smaller the infant is at birth the greater the risk of complications. However, it is impossible to predict a baby's long-term outcome based on gestational age or birth weight alone. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of buldging fluid in my babies ear drum he's 7 months old and had it for over 3 months he's been on antibiotics to many times?

How can I get rid of buldging fluid in my babies ear drum he's 7 months old and had it for over 3 months he's been on antibiotics to many times?

See an ENT: If a child has an ear infection which doesn't clear after 2 months of antibiotics, or keeps recurring within less than 2 weeks after antibiotics, you may need to ask your doctor for a referral to an ear, nose, and throat specialist. Tubes are sometimes used to resolve this problem until the baby's own eustachian tubes grow. ...Read more

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What is fontanelle in a baby?

What is fontanelle in a baby?

The soft spot: The fontenelle is the soft spot on the front of the babies head. There is another in the back of the head at birth but this one closes sooner then the front one. ...Read more

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25 month male baby , anterior fontanelle still not closed why?

25 month male baby , anterior fontanelle still not closed why?

? Problem: Normally closed by now.You need to be sure that the skull is not expanding due to increased intracranial pressure.Tis potentially can be dangerous.Ask your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Why my baby's anterior fontanelle smell different than the other body parts? The smell is not that bad but im confuse what make it smell like that?

Why my baby's anterior fontanelle smell different than the other body parts? The smell is not that bad but im confuse what make it smell like that?

No scientific reason: I can't think of a scientific reason for this, nor do I know the age of your baby. It is not unusual for babies to develop a "cradle cap" rash which can have a distinct smell. Are there scaly patches on the babies scalp? If you see nothing, then I would not give it a second thought. In fact, the best thing for the " cradle cap" rash is to ALSO do nothing! Enjoy your baby! ...Read more