These soft spots are spaces between the bones of the skull where bone formation isn’t complete. 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.
When should I be concerned about my baby’s soft spot?
Normally, a baby’s soft spot is firm and curves in just slightly. But call your doctor right away if you notice these two (rare) signs of trouble: A fontanelle that’s dramatically sunken. This is a sign of dehydration.
What happens if you touch the soft spot on a baby’s head?
Your baby’s soft spot may seem scary at first. You might not want to touch the top of your baby’s head, either because you don’t want to harm the baby or you don’t like how it feels. But touching the fontanelle won’t hurt the baby and it can give you important information about your child’s health.
At what age does the hole in a baby’s head close?
Over time, the fontanelles harden and close. The fontanelle at the back of your baby’s head usually closes by the time your baby is 2 months old. The fontanelle at the top usually closes sometime between the ages of 7 months and 18 months.
Does a baby’s soft spot go in and out?
There are actually two soft spots — one at the back of the head and another on top. The posterior one closes within a few months of birth, while the top fontanelle typically remains until just past a child’s first birthday. Dr. Recinos explains what changes in the fontanelle can tell you about your infant’s health.
Why is my baby soft spot pulsating?
In some instances, the soft spot on the top of your baby’s head may seem to be pulsating. There is no need to worry—this movement is quite normal and simply reflects the visible pulsing of blood that corresponds to your baby’s heartbeat.
What happens if you accidentally hit a baby’s 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.
Are newborn babies fragile?
Even the tiniest of newborns seem pretty sturdy at some point, but the truth is that they are very fragile. From their tiny little toes that can be effected by the smallest little hair to the baby’s brain that needs to be treated cautiously, there are so many things that could go wrong.
Is it necessary to cover baby’s head?
Babies cool themselves down by releasing heat from their heads and faces. Babies can quickly overheat if they fall asleep wearing hats or beanies. So it’s important to keep your baby’s head uncovered during sleep. Headwear in bed can also be a choking or suffocation hazard.
How do I know if my baby is dehydrated?
Urinates less frequently (for infants, fewer than six wet diapers per day) Parched, dry mouth. Fewer tears when crying. Sunken soft spot of the head in an infant or toddler.
What does a bulging soft spot look like on a baby?
A bulging fontanel means that the soft spot looks bigger than usual. The normally soft area may swell up taller than the rest of the skull. The baby’s head may appear to change shape, or the soft spot might look misshapen. Sometimes, the baby’s whole head looks bigger.
Is it true that all babies have eyes that appear blue at birth?
Melanin determines several aspects of our appearance. And while we have the least amount when we enter the world for the first time, remember that babies may be born with eyes of blue, brown, hazel, green, or some other color. It’s simply a myth that all of us — or most of us, for that matter — are blue-eyed at birth.
Is craniosynostosis a birth defect?
Craniosynostosis is a birth defect in which the bones in a baby’s skull join together too early. This happens before the baby’s brain is fully formed. As the baby’s brain grows, the skull can become more misshapen.
What happens if I drop my baby?
In 97 percent of these falls/drops, babies experienced injuries to the head. Around 14 percent resulted in visible injuries (so, ones you can see), and 56 percent of the injuries were bruises. Fewer than 1 percent of the falls resulted in a concussion or fracture to the baby’s skull.