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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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When does a baby soft spot go away?

When does a baby soft spot go away?

Soft spot: The soft spot usually closes around a year to 15 months. ...Read more

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Why is my baby's fontanel (soft spot) swollen?

Why is my baby's fontanel (soft spot) swollen?

Go to ED: If the fontanel is bulging it needs IMMEDIATE evaluation! Get off the computer and get your baby to a doctor. ...Read more

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My baby has a fever and her soft spot is bulging what can I do?

My baby has a fever and her soft spot is bulging  what can I do?

Laying down or up: If babies soft spot is full or bulgy laying down it can be normal. If it is bulging while held upright it is a problem. Either way, if the way baby looks bothers you have her seen this afternoon by her pcp or at an urgent care center. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your baby's fontanel is risen?

What does it mean when your baby's fontanel is risen?

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

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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

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

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

Go to ER: There may be increased pressure in the brain so get the baby checked out immediately. ...Read more

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Does craniosynostosis mean a baby's soft spot is closed or their suture lines? Are the soft spot and cranio independent of each other?

Does craniosynostosis mean a baby's soft spot is closed or their suture lines? Are the soft spot and cranio independent of each other?

Craniosynostosis: Craniosynostosis is the premature closure of a growth plate or suture. Most children will close only one suture early although some genetic syndromes will close multiple sutures. The soft spot or fontanelle is the point where multiple sutures come together. Fontanelles will usually close with the suture. ...Read more

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My four months old baby has a slight ridge on her forehead and after the soft spot. Could this mean her skull has fused too early? Or something else?

My four months old baby has a slight ridge on her forehead and after the soft spot. Could this mean her skull has fused too early? Or something else?

Have baby examined: Babies may be born with overriding sutures as the skull bones overlap. As their brains grow, the skull bones spread out and the ridge should smooth out. Have your baby's doctor examine the baby and track the head circumference to ensure the head is growing properly. ...Read more