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What Does A Raised Fontanelle In A Baby Mean
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 6 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Call pediatrician: It means you should speak with the child's pediatrician. ...Read more
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Nothing : It does not have any bearing as to any issues. ...Read more
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
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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