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Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
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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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Dr. James Ferguson
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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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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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What does white spot in babies stomach mean during 20 weeks ultrasound.?

What does white spot in babies stomach mean during 20 weeks ultrasound.?

Usually nothing.: Echogenic material in the fetal stomach is sometimes seen in prenatal ultrasound, but is usually of no clinical significance. This may be swallowed vernix caseosa, desquamed epithelial clumps, or metabolic products of subchorionic blood after a hemorrhagic episode. In the latter case, the fetal gastric debris is still not a problem in and of itself, rather a marker of a previously existing problem. ...Read more

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Dr. David Surdyka
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Wat does " u have 5 spots on ur spine that r bulging out " mean? should I b worried? I askd but all he said was I'm fine

Wat does " u have 5 spots on ur spine that r bulging out " mean? should I b worried? I askd but all he said was I'm fine

Not much information: I presume these were disc bulges noted on a lumbar or cervical MRI. It's not uncommon for disc bulges to be noted on MRI studies. It depends on the size and location whether these are significant lesions. In most cases, this finding is normal or at least common for your age group but must be considered in conjunction with your symptoms and exam findings. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Does fever cause bulge in soft spot?

Does fever cause bulge in soft spot?

Need to clarify: What and where do you mean by a soft spot? Your question needs clarification. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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What can cause a 6month old soft spot to bulge with low grade fever?

What can cause a 6month old soft spot to bulge with low grade fever?

Depends on situation: If it bulges when baby is upright, it can mean excess pressure has built up in the head & is a reason to go in & have baby checked. Normally hydrated infants can bulge laying down and or during fussy periods. ...Read more

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Dr. Carrie Cannon
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Does bulge soft spot in 10 mths a sign for hydrocephalus due to IV hemorrhage. No other symptoms. Neurologist wants to wait for next appt in 3 weeks ?

Does bulge soft spot in 10 mths a sign for hydrocephalus due to IV hemorrhage. No other symptoms. Neurologist wants to wait for next appt in 3 weeks  ?

Hydrocephalus: Sounds scary. An ultrasound can be done. Has the head circumference increased more than usual? Is the soft spot compressible? Perhaps it would be wise to check with your pediatrician to see if an appointment before that time would be beneficial. I imagine the neurologist may want to see unusual growth of head circumference prior to referring to a pediatric neurosurgeon for shunt placement. ...Read more

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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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10mth front head (end of forehead beginning of hair) is bulging. Soft spot flat, head size same but always big. History of IV hemorrhage no symptoms?

10mth front head (end of forehead beginning of hair) is bulging.  Soft spot flat, head size same but always big. History of IV hemorrhage no symptoms?

Get help: This does not sound good at all, especially if the anterior fontanelle is flat. I would have a pediatrician or ER doc evaluate this ASAP. Did the child have any recent trauma? Any neurological signs such as sleepiness or abnormal movements ? Plead have this evaluated immediately, may need ultrasound or scan ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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My 2 month old has a bulging soft spot, rash, has been diagnose with bronchiolitis, rsv, pneumonia, gasps for air and wheezes & no meningitis... ?

My 2 month old has a bulging soft spot, rash, has been diagnose with bronchiolitis, rsv, pneumonia, gasps for air and wheezes & no meningitis... ?

No meningitis: There do not appear to be any signs of meningitis. A slightly bulging fontanel is sometimes seen in chlodren this young have breating difficulty, causing a valsalva like breating pattern. ...Read more

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