Baby Skull Bones?

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Greetings .. My baby is 1 month 3 weeks old. The back of the skull is not completely closed as wide as the little finger. So it’s still soft like a crown. In addition, between the forehead and the front skull, there should be a slight partition. Uneven. That’s why, and what should I consume in order to fix it ?? Thanks.

1 Answer:

Hello Nur,

The fontanel is the part of the baby's skull that has not closed. The fontanel allows the baby's skull to adjust in size to the birth canal during labor. The presence of a fontanel also allows the skull bones to stretch so that the baby's brain can develop (increase in volume / size) optimally. There are two fontanels that can be easily felt in infants, namely the fontanel at the front between the forehead and the crown of the head (anterior fontanel) and the fontanel at the back (posterior fontanel). The anterior fontanel usually closes at 9-12 months of age, whereas the posterior fontanel closes at 2-4 months of age. Fontanel abnormalities that can be found in babies include:

Bulging fontanelle. The crown appears convex / protruding which can be due to increased pressure inside the skull. Can appear in infants with meningitis or hydrocephalus. Depressed fontanelle. The crown looks sunken / ingrown, usually appears in babies who are dehydrated (dehydrated) An anterior fontanel size that is too large, usually caused by disorders such as hypothyroidism and bone disorders such as osteogenesis imperfecta (genetic disorders that cause brittle bones), abnormalities chromosomes, low birth weight babies. At your child's age, an unclosed crown is normal. No need to do anything, when it is old it will close itself. If there is a visible abnormality in the child's crown (for example, protruding, sunkenness) or the crown does not close after age, you can consult further with a pediatrician. The doctor will perform a physical examination, measurement of head circumference, examination of child development, and if necessary head x-rays, head ultrasound, and CT-scan.

Hope the explanation above helps.

Dr. Saphira Evani

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