A Lump On The Baby’s Forehead?

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Good night. Want to ask. My child has a forehead when seen from the side while breastfeeding it looks like there is a lump up to the crown and the crown is slightly raised, right? Is it okay.

1 Answer:

Hi Razentha,


Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

Need to clarify, how old is your baby at this time? How big is the lump? Is the lump soft or hard? Does your child have any other complaints?


If your baby is less than 1 year old, then the lump you are referring to may be from a lump in the skull that has not yet fused. As a result of vaginal delivery, the baby's skull often shifts and overlaps one another so that it can pass through the narrow vaginal opening. Often times, these knots between the bones appear as elongated protrusions. As the baby grows older, these bones will slowly shift so that they no longer overlap and the protrusions disappear.


It is also possible that the lumps you see on your child's head are the result of pulsating blood vessels inside the skull. This pulsation can be clearly seen in the area around the crown which is not yet fused because it is not covered by bone.


Lumps that appear as a result of overlapping protrusions of the skull bones and due to pulsation of blood vessels that appear to the crown is normal and harmless.


However, it could also be that the lumps your child has had other causes, for example:


Caput succedaneum (seepage of interstitial fluid under the scalp due to pressure from the birth canal)

Cephal hematoma (bleeding under the skull due to tissue damage to the periosteum due to pressure from the birth canal)
Infections, eg folliculitis, warts
Tumors, eg cysts, lipomas
Skin tags, and so on

It is quite difficult to identify whether the lump that happened to your child is normal or dangerous without examining it directly. Therefore, to be more objective, you should check your child directly to a pediatrician so that the right treatment is determined. If the lump is normal, then of course there is no special treatment that needs to be done.


In the meantime, you should not massage or press too much on the lumps that appear on your child's head. Bathe your child and shampoo his hair using a special baby soap and shampoo. Protect your baby's head from being injured.


Hope this helps ..

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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