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What do you know about fontanel early closure?

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
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The anterior fontanelle usually closes between 7 and 21 months.
Early closure (before 6 months) causes concern that perhaps other areas of the skull might be fusing too early and that leads to abnormal head growth (plagiocephaly). It it can easily evaluated with a head x-ray. I have seen many cases and even with the fontanelle closed early the others are open. Surgery can fix if a problem is there.

In brief: Enough...

The anterior fontanelle usually closes between 7 and 21 months.
Early closure (before 6 months) causes concern that perhaps other areas of the skull might be fusing too early and that leads to abnormal head growth (plagiocephaly). It it can easily evaluated with a head x-ray. I have seen many cases and even with the fontanelle closed early the others are open. Surgery can fix if a problem is there.
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