If you notice a bulging fontanelle along with a fever or excessive drowsiness, seek medical attention right away. A fontanelle that doesn’t seem to be closing. Talk with your doctor if your baby’s soft spots haven’t started getting smaller by her first birthday.
What does it mean when a baby’s soft spot is sunken in?
Sunken in soft spot
This is often a sign of dehydration, she says. It may occur if your child is sick and not getting enough fluids. What you should do: See your pediatrician if the sunken appearance persists and you can’t get your baby to take in more fluids.
Is it bad to push on a baby’s soft spot?
A baby’s soft spots are called fontanelles. They allow your baby’s brain to grow larger at a fast rate over their first year of life. It’s important to avoid pressing into their soft spots, as it could cause damage to their skull or brain.
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.
When should fontanelles close?
The posterior fontanelle usually closes by age 1 or 2 months. It may already be closed at birth. The anterior fontanelle usually closes sometime between 9 months and 18 months.
Why do babies have dents in their heads?
Sometimes babies are born with an indentation in their skull. These indentations can be caused by the birth process or by the way the baby was positioned in their mother’s womb. If the bones in a baby’s skull fuse prematurely, the baby’s head may appear dented or misshapen — a condition called craniosynostosis.
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.