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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

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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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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My infant child has a pimple on her chin, but now her chin is extremely swollen. What should we do?

My infant child has a pimple on her chin, but now her chin is extremely swollen. What should we do?

Go to hospital: This sounds like an infection which may be caused by staphylococcus or streptococcus bacteria, but it also could be caused by other types of bacteria. Infections that may be minor in adults or older children can be very serious, even life-threatening in infants. Facial infections are of particular concern. You should take your child to an emergency department immediately. ...Read more

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What can I put on my 2 year old infant swollen penis?

What can I put on my 2 year old infant swollen penis?

Swollen penis: A swollen penis in a 2 year old requires a doctor evaluation. He should be seen by a pediatrician or a urologist. ...Read more

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My infant son has a swollen area on his pelvis that wasn't there a few hours ago?

My infant son has a swollen area on his pelvis that wasn't there a few hours ago?

Could be a hernia: If your baby is not in severe pain, you can contact your doctor's office to schedule a routine appointment to have it checked out. If your son is having pain, vomiting or any other worrisome symptoms, it's best to be seen right away. Hernias may present as a bulge in the groin and that condition can be diagnosed by a physical exam. Sometimes the bulging comes and goes, but best to call your doctor. ...Read more

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My 5 month old babies head is swollen above her ear?

My 5 month old babies head is swollen above her ear?

Get baby evaluated: Any history of recent trauma?Did the baby bump her head at some point in the past 24 hrs? How is the baby acting?Any vomiting?Given the baby's young age and that fact that their is swelling on her head and without more specifics I feel you should have her evaluated immediately in the ED. ...Read more

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Woke up with swollen itches eyes. Have 2 babies and do not want to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine). Is there something else I can take?

Woke up with swollen itches eyes. Have 2 babies and do not want to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine). Is there something else I can take?

Other antihistamines: You may try an antihistamine eye drop or take any other kind of antihistamine. They would not do harm to your babies (vs Benadryl (diphenhydramine) which may make you very drowsy and less able to take care of your kids). ...Read more

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My 7m old babies both eyes looks mild red in color&skin surrounding eyelid is little bit swollen from morning.it is on and off.what reasons?is it worr

My 7m old babies both eyes looks mild red in color&skin surrounding eyelid is little bit swollen from morning.it is on and off.what reasons?is it worr

Allergic reaction: Your baby may be having allergy to something like linen ,blanket which is causing the swelling and redness of eyelids of both eyes .Talk to your doctor and get the baby checked up / treated . ...Read more

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What causes a recurring swollen eye in an infant. No redness or discharge. Swelling usually goes down the same day and has happened 3 times in 4 weeks?

What causes a recurring swollen eye in an infant. No redness or discharge. Swelling usually goes down the same day and has happened 3 times in 4 weeks?

May be the tear duct: You do not mention what part of the eye. If it is close to the tear duct, sometimes in newborns and slightly older infants, a tear duct occlusion may cause local swelling to the area. ...Read more

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