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Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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Soft Spot On Top Of Head (Overview)

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 a calm, head-up position.


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How do you cause and reduce the soft spot on the top of a newborns head?

How do you cause and reduce the soft spot on the top of a newborns head?

You don't: The soft spot or spots (front & back) represent areas where the edges of the skull bones are separated by more than a few millimeters. They can be as small as a pea at birth, enlarge over a few months & for most seem closed by 15-18 mo. Some start out big, i've seen one softball sized & had a helmet made to protect the head. Graduall closure over time is based on genetic factors, not your efforts. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
22 doctors shared insights

Soft Spot On Top Of Head (Overview)

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 a calm, head-up position.


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I have a big pimple on my nose, no head. Spot treatments?

I have a big pimple on my nose, no head. Spot treatments?

Put some heat on it: A heating pad can help bring it to a head. Don't squeeze it unless there is a head. Try some over the counter acne cream with Benzoyl Peroxide. Good luck! ...Read more

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Lumpy spots under the skin with no head how to get rid of them?

Lumpy spots under the skin with no head how to get rid of them?

Possible lipoma: While i cannot say for sure, it is possible that you have lipomas under your skin. These are benign growths of skin that are made of fat like cells. They may be hereditary. ...Read more

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Is it normal for an adult to have soft spot on top of head sometimes i feel it and sometimes not?

Yes: Some people's fontanelles never totally close. Other people have inborn defects in the skull. Toulouse-lautrec's fontanelle remained very wide open, which is why he always wore the hat. Or you may be feeling a cyst. Your personal physician can advise whether imaging is worthwhile. ...Read more

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Is it common for a 53 year old to have a soft spot in top of head..?

Is it common for a 53 year old to have a soft spot in top of head..?

No, it's not: Especially if the spot is new and or enlarging with time, i would recommend having your primary doctor take a look at it. It's hard to say anything else without more information. ...Read more