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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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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. Sanjiv Kaul
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

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Is it normal for a 23 year old female to feel a soft spot of top of head? I've only recently noticed it, should I be worried?

Is it normal for a 23 year old female to feel a soft spot of top of head? I've only recently noticed it, should I be worried?

Depends: It could be a cyst or fatty tumor called a lipoma. Have it checked by a dermatologist to make sure it is not something else. ...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?

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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My daughter is 3 and has a large soft spot still on the top of her head I read it's supposed to close between 1 and 2 and I'm terrified it's something?

My daughter is 3 and has a large soft spot still on the top of her head I read it's supposed to close between 1 and 2 and I'm terrified it's something?

Have it examined: The usual soft spot on a newborn can vary in size from a fingertip to quite large, but all should be near undetected by 2 if not sooner. I would have it examined by the kids doc to see if additional studies are needed. You have not indicated its location or size, which does matter, but without examining the spot, little more can be suggested. ...Read more

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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

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Soft, tender, sore spot on top/back of head. Feels squishy and tender when I touch it. Also having bad headaches. No trauma.?

Soft, tender, sore spot on top/back of head. Feels squishy and tender when I touch it. Also having bad headaches. No trauma.?

Sebaceous cyst: Is a likely diagnosis. These occur often on the scalp. The headaches may be related. Another possibility is a lipoma; both of them require surgery to remove. See a doctor ASAP, the problem will only get worse. ...Read more

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Very tender spot on top of head where babies get soft spots that burns when touched sometimes. Liquid comes out (clear smooth liquid). What is this?

Very tender spot on top of head where babies get soft spots that burns when touched sometimes. Liquid comes out (clear smooth liquid). What is this?

Scalp lesion?: The bones of the skull should have been fused for a very long time now (you are 26, right?). I suspect that what you are referring to is a superficial scalp lesion; however, the only way to determine is to be seen by a physician so that they can examine the area of concern and then treat accordingly. Take care of you can make an appointment. ...Read more

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I have a big red spot on top of head of penis it doesn't hurt or itch and it ain't sensitive but when it get really dry skin starts to flake off?

I have a big red spot on top of head of penis it doesn't hurt or itch and it ain't sensitive but when it get really dry skin starts to flake off?

Here ares some. ..: Without a direct look, it's hard to guess what you got. But, one thing for sure in your favor is most likely the spot is benign & harmless if it does not grow in size or erode. So, have Doc take a look at it for confirmation and counseling. ...Read more

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Why is there a damp wet cold spot on top of my head?

Why is there a damp wet cold spot on top of my head?

Damp spot: Not sure. I don't know of any cases of hyperhydrosis particular to the damp spot on your head.
Perhaps a dermatology follow up may give you the answer you need. ...Read more

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I had a spot on the top right side of my head that hurt pretty bad like I bumped it but I havent?

Painful spot: Of course it would require a medical exam to determine a cause. Painful spots/lesions in the scalp would most commonly be an inflamed/infected sebaceous cyst. Usually treated with hot packs will help, but occasionally would require incision and drainage. See your doctor and good luck. ...Read more

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I have an area on the top of my head (where a baby's soft spot is) that is indented and it hurts very badly when I touch it. Is this serious?

I have an area on the top of my head (where a baby's soft spot is) that is indented and it hurts very badly when I touch it. Is this serious?

Indentation: At your age you should not have a soft spot in your skull. I would see your doctor and possible a skull film to examine the thickness of your bone in your skull. It is possible you have an infection in your scalp but typically that would cause the skin to swell or stick out and bulge, not indent in. ...Read more

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I have a spot on the top of my head that hurts. It feels like someone punched me. What could this be?

I have a spot on the top of my head that hurts. It feels like someone punched me. What could this be?

An infection: A tender growth on the scalp is most likely a ruptured cyst or an infection of a hair follicle. Since you cannot see it to evaluate what it looks like it should be seen by a physician. ...Read more