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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. Mark Pack
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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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Why does my baby have a broad forehead?

Why does my baby have a broad forehead?

Because he should: Babies have broad, prominent heads, small noses, and large eyes. In a psychology text i read once, it was termed the "cuteness factor.". ...Read more

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Why does my baby have a flat head?

Why does my baby have a flat head?

From lying on it...: Usually, whichever side is down will flatten under the weight of the rest of the head. This does not in any way affect the content of the head (brain), and the cosmetic effect is mitigated once the hair grows out. After that, the head reshapes itself into its proper shape. ...Read more

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Why does my baby always have the hiccups?

Why does my baby always have the hiccups?

Mgt: It may be perfectly normal, but one cause is diaphragmatic irritation. Has the baby had any history of pneumonia? Is the baby growing normally? ...Read more

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My child does not have a shunt, does he/she still have hydrocephaly?

My child does not have a shunt, does he/she still have hydrocephaly?

Possibly: I imaging you are asking that if your child has increased fluid in the brain, but not a shunt does that mean there is hydrocephaly. Yes, any increase in fluid is hydrocephaly. Sometimes a shunt is not needed because the brain tissue is not impacted and sometimes , if the hydrocephaly is not under pressure, a shunt will not help. ...Read more

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Im 33 weeks pregnant and my doc to just told me my umbilical cord only has 2 vessels. What does this mean and should I be worried. States baby healthy?

Im 33 weeks pregnant and my doc to just told me my umbilical cord only has 2 vessels. What does this mean and should I be worried. States baby healthy?

It happens: You only need two,one artery and one vein.Most have two arteries and one vein. There are a few times this is associated with kidney or other defects, but most are not.The worrisome issues are usually evident on the same ultrasound that gave you this news, but will lead your baby doc to examine the baby closely at birth.I'd relax for now. ...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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Why is the skin of my new born baby like yellow since i feed him, does that mean I have something wrong with my breast?

Why is the skin of my new born baby like yellow since i feed him, does that mean I have something wrong with my breast?

Work overload: Mother cleanses babies blood, removing waste until the cord is clamped. Newborns must convert blood that worked better in the womb to air breather blood ; this conversion creates waste products that can result in jaundice. Most are visibly yellow by day 4 clearing by a week or so. Contact your doc if this concerns you. ...Read more

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Why does my baby have breasts?

Why does my baby have breasts?

Hormones!: The levels of circulating hormones in your baby's body after birth are really high! additionally, they might be getting an extra boost of hormones from breast-feeding as well. Never fear; those hormone levels will fall within the first few months of your baby's life, and the breast tissue will subside. ...Read more

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I am 31 weeks pregnant and my tummy is really small.. Does that mean my baby will be really small? Worried..:(

I am 31 weeks pregnant and my tummy is really small.. Does that mean my baby will be really small?  Worried..:(

No: Every baby is a different size. Continue to see your obgyn as scheduled to measure your baby's growth and eat healthy. They will guide you if there is need to be concerned. It is normal to gain 20-30 pounds during pregnancy. If you are not gaining weight, you may not be eating enough. ...Read more

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What does it mean that my baby has a diaphragmatic hernia?

What does it mean that my baby has a diaphragmatic hernia?

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 more

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Why does my child have baby acne?

Why does my child have baby acne?

Hormones: Changes in hormone levels cause baby acne. This is not dangerous, not permanent, does not need treatment and generally does not scar. It should generally clear up by about 3 months. ...Read more

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Why does my baby have blood in his stool?

Why does my baby have blood in his stool?

Don't know.: Your pediatrician would be the right person to explore the cause. ...Read more

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If my baby's neck is slightly swollen, does that mean he'll get sick soon?

If my baby's neck is slightly swollen, does that mean he'll get sick soon?

Possibly: The main cause of a swollen neck is enlarged lymph nodes. Lymph nodes can be enlarged for several reasons. Lymph nodes are one of the bodies defenses and enlarge in response to exposure to allergens, viral and bacterial infections. Rarely they can be enlarged because of a malignant process. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my newborn is constipated and weak?

What does it mean if my newborn is constipated and weak?

Neurologic Disease: Constipation alone is quite common in infants. However, constipation with weakness is very worrying. It can be a sign of botulism, which can occur when infants under a year of age are given honey. This infection can be treated if caught early. ...Read more

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Am breastfeeding my 6 months old baby can I have butt injection to make it look bigger?Can it affect my baby

Am breastfeeding my 6 months old baby can I have butt injection to make it look bigger?Can it affect my baby

Buttock lift: There is plastic surgery available to help with buttocks enhancement. The surgery wouldn't affect breast feeding, but the drugs used during and after surgery might require a short break from nursing. You can store breast milk for that purpose. ...Read more

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I was born with no soft spot on my head but i don't have any head deformaties, does this mean I have craniocynostosis?

I was born with no soft spot on my head but i don't have any head deformaties, does this mean I have craniocynostosis?

No: I have seen "soft spots" the size of a pea, or the size of an open hand. As long as the growth plates of the skull push away from each other (don't fuse), normal skull growth in size & shape can occur. ...Read more

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I have bulging veins in my hands. Does that mean that I have a heart problem?

I have bulging veins in my hands. Does that mean that I have a heart problem?

No: There can be many causes for this. This could simply be due to the way your veins dilated over your lifetime. It may not signify any type of problem. ...Read more

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Why is my baby not moving or kicking Who has my period started Why does it hurt ?

Why is my baby not moving or kicking
Who has my period started 
Why does it hurt ?

If you are pregnant.: ...and having pain and vaginal bleeding, you must get medical care ASAP. While a fetus may go several hours w/o moving, if you've felt no movement for 24 hours or more, that is also a reason to get immediate medical care. If you can't get in to see your OB, please go to an emergency department. Best wishes. Dr. Anne ...Read more

Soft Spot On Head Bulging (Definition)

Soft spot on head is bulging is a symptom in which the soft spot (fontanelle) on top of a baby's head is more firm than usual, and is pushing up the scalp (bulging) a small amount. A momentary bulging soft spot is due to increased pressure, such as when a baby pushes to poop or when a baby is crying. If a soft spot remains bulging, and there are other ill symptoms, the ...Read more


Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Bulging Fontanel (Definition)

A bulging fontanelle (soft spot on baby's head) is most likely due to increased intracranial pressure. This may be due to a number of factors, including head bleeds, an intracranial mass, or a defect in cerebral spinal fluid production/flow. It is a "safety valve" for babies, and it lets physicians know that a work-up needs to be performed quickly ...Read more