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.
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.
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.
Do baby soft spots move?
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.
How long does it take for a baby’s skull to fuse?
It can take 9-18 months before a baby’s skull is fully formed. During this time some babies develop positional plagiocephaly. This means that there is a flat area on the back or side of the head.
How do I know if my baby has a sunken fontanelle?
The one on the top of the head remains present until your baby is between 7 and 19 months old. A baby’s soft spots should be relatively firm and curve ever so slightly inward. A soft spot with a noticeable inward curve is known as a sunken fontanel. This condition requires immediate medical attention.
How do you shape a newborn head?
You can help your baby’s head return to a more rounded shape by altering her position while she’s asleep, feeding and playing. Changing your baby’s position is called counter-positioning or repositioning. It encourages the flattened areas of your baby’s head to reshape naturally.