Top
10
Doctor insights on: What Does A Bulging Fontanelle Mean

Share
1

1
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

Dr. Austina Cho
22 doctors shared insights

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


2

2
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

3

3
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

See 2 more doctor answers
4

4
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

See 1 more doctor answer
5

5
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

7

7
My anterior fontanelle was prematurely closed shortly after birth b/c i was a premie. Does this mean I have craniocynostosis?

My anterior fontanelle was prematurely closed shortly after birth b/c i was a premie. Does this mean I have craniocynostosis?

No: The closure of the soft spot does not define craniosynostosis.It can be undetectable in size or as large as a grapefruit and the kid turn out fine.It is the behavior of the skull bones define a problem.If they fuse, not just close in , a person will have a ridge develop at the point of fusion and abnormalities develop in the shape of the head, that is craniosynostosis. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
8

8
What does subligamentous disc bulge mean?

What does subligamentous disc bulge mean?

Contained: It means that the disc bulge is contained under the posterior longitudinal ligament which is a structure that runs like a band up and down the backside of the bony spine behind the bones and discs - or in other words - this is the way it should be. The "abnormal finding" in this sentence is the bulge, but the other anatomy is as it should be. ...Read more

9

9
What exactly does it mean if I have a small broad-based posterior disk bulge?

What exactly does it mean if I have a small broad-based posterior disk bulge?

Not much : incidental asymptomatic finding frequently asymptomatic at your age if you guess it is the cause of pain your wrong 30% of the time ...Read more

Soft Spot On Head Bulging (Definition)

Soft spot on head is bulging is a symptom in which the soft spot (fontanelle) on top of a baby's head is more firm than usual, and is pushing up the scalp (bulging) a small amount. A momentary bulging soft spot is due to increased pressure, such as when a baby pushes to poop or when a baby is crying. If a soft spot remains bulging, and there are other ill symptoms, the ...Read more