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What are the best ways to protect my baby's soft spots?
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In brief: Normally...
Normally they don't need protecting.
They can't damage them with their own movements, you won't damage them with normal gentle handling, and most people don't need to be reminded not to drop a child on his head, or to strike a child's head hard enough to do any harm. People do need to be reminded not to shake a baby, since it does happen quite a bit, with serious consequences.

In brief: Normally...
Normally they don't need protecting.
They can't damage them with their own movements, you won't damage them with normal gentle handling, and most people don't need to be reminded not to drop a child on his head, or to strike a child's head hard enough to do any harm. People do need to be reminded not to shake a baby, since it does happen quite a bit, with serious consequences.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
In brief: No extra protection
No special protection is needed for a baby's soft spots on the head.
However, one should not repeatedly press the spots. A doctor may press the spots to see how soft or firm they are, and to see if the spots are too big or too small. Routine bathing of the head, with the required touching of the spots, is fine to do.

In brief: No extra protection
No special protection is needed for a baby's soft spots on the head.
However, one should not repeatedly press the spots. A doctor may press the spots to see how soft or firm they are, and to see if the spots are too big or too small. Routine bathing of the head, with the required touching of the spots, is fine to do.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Lawrence Wasser
Pediatrics
In brief: Soft spots are safe
Your baby's soft spots are pretty tough and are not dangerous to touch lightly.
Obviously keep sharp objects away, but do not worry too much about protecting them for routine contact.

In brief: Soft spots are safe
Your baby's soft spots are pretty tough and are not dangerous to touch lightly.
Obviously keep sharp objects away, but do not worry too much about protecting them for routine contact.
Dr. Lawrence Wasser
Dr. Lawrence Wasser
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Dr. Paul Leadem
Pediatrics
In brief: Don't Worry
In over 20 years of practice I have never seen an injury to a baby's fontanelles or "soft spots" they are well protected by tough fibrous tissue and would only be perforated by a freak accident.
Don't worry about them! by the way if you notice it pulsating, that's normal!

In brief: Don't Worry
In over 20 years of practice I have never seen an injury to a baby's fontanelles or "soft spots" they are well protected by tough fibrous tissue and would only be perforated by a freak accident.
Don't worry about them! by the way if you notice it pulsating, that's normal!
Dr. Paul Leadem
Dr. Paul Leadem
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