What Should You Do If Your Baby Hits His Soft Spot? Contact your baby’s healthcare provider if your baby hits his soft spot. If you notice swelling/bulging of the soft spot and/or bruising around her eyes or behind her ears, it may be due to a concussion. Call 911 immediately.
Why can’t you touch a baby’s soft spot?
When you touch your baby’s soft spots, known as the fontanels, you’re not touching his brain. So what are you touching? A thick, very protective membrane. The soft spots exist so your baby can safely negotiate the narrow birth canal.
How long does it take for a babies soft spot to close up?
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This allows the skull to be molded during birth. The smaller spot at the back usually closes by age 2 to 3 months. The larger spot toward the front often closes around age 18 months.
What does it mean when a baby soft spot is bulging?
A tense or bulging fontanelle occurs when fluid builds up in the brain or the brain swells, causing increased pressure inside the skull. When the infant is crying, lying down, or vomiting, the fontanelles may look like they are bulging.
Can you hurt a baby by pushing on their soft spot?
Can I hurt my baby’s brain if I touch the soft spot? Many parents worry that their baby will be injured if the soft spot is touched or brushed over. The fontanel is covered by a thick, tough membrane which protects the brain. There is absolutely no danger of damaging your baby with normal handling.
How fragile is baby’s soft spot?
Your baby’s soft spots won’t stick around forever. Eventually, the bones in her skull will build up enough minerals to completely fuse together, and those gaps will close. The smaller back fontanelle typically closes by the time a baby is around 3 months old, but is sometimes closed at birth.
Do adults have fontanelle?
If the metopic fontanelle is present, it will obliterate between 2 to 4 years of age. In humans, all fontanelles are generally fused by the fifth year of life with 38% of fontanelles closed by the end of the first year and 96% of the fontanelles closed by the second year.
What happens if fontanelle closes late?
Delayed closure of the anterior fontanelle is often associated with significant disease entities. Range of normal closure of the anterior fontanelle is 4 to 26 months. Increased intracranial pressure, hypothyroidism, and skeletal anomalies are common etiologic factors.
How do I know if my baby is dehydrated?
These are some signs of dehydration to watch for in children:
- Dry tongue and dry lips.
- No tears when crying.
- Fewer than six wet diapers per day (for infants), and no wet diapers or urination for eight hours (in toddlers).
- Sunken soft spot on infant’s head.
- Sunken eyes.
- Dry and wrinkled skin.
- Deep, rapid breathing.
Why does my baby have a ridge on his head?
When a child has metopic synostosis: The metopic suture — the joint that runs from the baby’s fontanel (the “soft spot” at the top of the head) down the forehead to the top of her nose — closes too early. The baby develops a noticeable ridge extending along the center of her forehead.