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What Does Bulging Fontanelles Indicate
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What does mild degenerative disc osteophytic bulging c5-6 and c6-7 which indent the CSF anteriorly indicate?
MRI?: Degenerative disease is present usually with aging. Osteophytes are part of this bony process. The bulging referred to are likely discs and are pushing into the area of the spinal canal. This may need treatment. Talk to a neurosurgeon about these results and the best care. All the best. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why the overpressure on the anterior fontanelle by neonatal brain ultrasound cause bradycardia of the neonate?
Cushing reflex : Increased intracranial pressure from any cause at any age & decreased blood flow to certain parts of the brain can cause Cushing's triad: increased blood pressure, irregular breathing, & bradycardia. Since a neonate's skull bones aren't fused, increased pressure causes the fontanelle to bulge. Doctors will determine the cause - hydrocephalus, bleeding, infection, etc. & reduce the pressure ASAP. ...Read more
It's normal: A small anterior fontanel is an otherwise healthy baby is generally no problem at all -- and the same goes for large anterior fontanels. They do sometimes go along with other medical conditions, but those conditions are generally obvious enough that parents would generally already be aware of them. Usually a small fontanel is just normal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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