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What does it mean when a baby's soft spot is raised?

What does it mean when a baby's soft spot is raised?

Depends: If the baby is healthy, probably nothing. When sick, however it may mean incresed pressure in the brain.Best ask your pediatrician. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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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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Does a premature closing of the soft spot necessarily mean a baby has craniosynostosis?

Does a premature closing of the soft spot necessarily mean a baby has craniosynostosis?

No: The skull bones are already fused in craniosynostosis and the head shape should be different in appearance. In addition to examining the fontanelles, your doctor should be following the head circumference. If your baby's head is growing as expected that is a good measure of growth. Often the fontanelle feels closed but is still there. I am not sure of the age of your child and advise may change. ...Read more

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Does the presence of a bulging fontanel (soft spot) mean that my baby has meningitis?

Does the presence of a bulging fontanel (soft spot) mean that my baby has meningitis?

Possibly, but...: A bulging fontanel is associated with meningitis. But babies with meningitis have other issues, which may include fevers, poor feeding, lethargy. And bulging fontanel is not only caused by meningitis either. Please see your child's pediatrician if you are concerned. ...Read more

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What does it mean if a baby has a PDA?

What does it mean if a baby has a PDA?

Below: The ductus arteriosus (DA) is a normal blood vessel that connects two major arteries — the aorta and the pulmonary artery — that carry blood away from the heart in a developing fetus. The DA diverts blood away from the lungs, sending it directly to the body. The lungs are not used while a fetus is in the amniotic fluid because the baby gets oxygen directly from the mother's placenta. When a newborn breathes and begins to use the lungs, the DA is no longer needed and usually closes during the first 2 days after birth. But when the DA fails to close, a condition called patent (meaning "open") ductus arteriosus (PDA) results, in which oxygen-rich blood from the aorta is allowed to mix with oxygen-poor blood in the pulmonary artery. As a result, too much blood flows into the lungs, which puts a strain on the heart and increases blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries. Treatment The three treatment options for PDA are medication, catheter-based procedures, and surgery. ...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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What does it mean when a babie has a greens pots on tongue?

What does it mean when a babie has a greens pots on tongue?

Candida ????: Green tongue could indicates certain things . Candida is one of them especially if the child had cold or flu and was given an antibiotic.Or could be due to excessive growth of bacteria or yeast.Sometimes they call it hairy tongue. Have the pediatrician check it out. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a child grunts with a fever?

What does it mean when a child grunts with a fever?

Not sure: If child is grunting- i'm assuming very young here-pt should be seen by doctor to see if something more serious is going on then just plain fever symptoms. Not to be an alarmist but this needs attention now. This could be beginnings of sepsis or more serious infection. Sorry. ...Read more

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What does it mean that my baby has a diaphragmatic hernia?

What does it mean that my baby has a diaphragmatic hernia?

Maybe big deal: Congenital diaphragm hernia discovered in utero can range from a small hernia with no consequences, to a large hernia preventing lung development that is associated with a high risk of death at birth. Treatment obviously depends on the severity of the condition. You may want to see a pediatric surgeon for a consultation if the seriousness or plan is not clear to you. I hope everything turns out ok. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a three year old back of her throat is yellowish like a coating?

What does it mean when a three year old back of her throat is yellowish like a coating?

Throat infection?: It could be a pharyngitis if the yellow color is a new finding. To confirm you would need to see a doctor and get a throat swab. ...Read more

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What does it mean for a baby to cross percentile lines?

What does it mean for a baby to cross percentile lines?

Not much: Percentiles compare us to others at the same age. If we are in the 80th height percentile, then we are taller than 80 out of 100 kids the same age. We grow at different levels sometimes though, and we can be 80th percentile one month and then 30th percentile 3 months later. As long as kids have a progressive gain, they are probably fine. Acute changes should be addressed by your doc. ...Read more

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What does it look like when a baby has a seizure?

What does it look like when a baby has a seizure?

Shaking: There are several types of seizures in babies. In infants, seizures appear in subtle ways, like lips smacking, eye twitching, and tongue thrusting. Older children can have generalized seizures, with whole body shaking and stiffening, or partial seizures, with just one side of the body shaking or twitching. Some seizures can appear as staring spells, or as episodes of uncontrollable movements. ...Read more

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What does this mean in a urine coulture? 300col/ml this is the result of my baby shes 9 months

What does this mean in a urine coulture?  300col/ml    this is the result of my baby shes 9 months

Coliforms: It means there is coliform bacteria present in the sample you gave. It may or may not merely be a contaminant. ...Read more

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If ovalocytes is present what does it mean in a baby that's two months old?

If ovalocytes is present what does it mean in a baby that's two months old?

Ovalocytes: When you look at red blood cells there shapes are characterized certain ways. Some look like ellipses and are called elliptocytes, etc. your kids cells shapes (ovals) are normal. In a phrase, not to worry! ...Read more

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What does a bulging lump in my baby’s scrotum mean?

What does a bulging lump in my baby’s scrotum mean?

Likely hydrocele: Most scrotal swellings in infants are hyroceles however a few turn out to be hernias. Most infant scrotal hernias are easily reducible. You get a "squishy" feeling as it reduces when you squeeze it. Only needs urgent attention if becomes red, painful or tender. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my newborn has TTN and a pneumothorax?

What does it mean if my newborn has TTN and a pneumothorax?

TTN and PTX: TTN is transient tachypnea of the newborn. It typically will resolve with time and usually requires only supportive care. Some infants may be born with retained fluid in their lungs and natural mechanisms to balance fluids are in place. The pneumothorax or collapsed lung, may be due to delivery and pressure on the baby's chest. The treatment depends upon the extent of the pneumothorax. ...Read more

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At what temperature does a newborn baby have a "fever"?

At what temperature does a newborn baby have a "fever"?

100.4 F: If a newborn infants under a month of age has a temperature of 100.4 degrees f (or 38.0 degrees c), that is considered a fever. Babies under a month of age with a fever must be seen and evaluated right away. The best way to check for a fever is using a rectal thermometer. Oral, ear, and axillary (under the armpit) thermometers are not as accurate in a newborn baby. ...Read more

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What does it mean if a newborn has pneumopericardium?

Air surrounds heart: The pericardium is a sac of tissue surrounding the heart. Rarely air can become trapped between the sac and heart itself. This can be severe and life threatening. ...Read more