Lump On The Back Of The Baby’s Head?
Evening, I want to ask 1. My baby has a lump on the back of the head. Does a round pillow with a concave surface in the middle affect? R nAnd the second, is it dangerous if the shape of the cheek and neck on the left side is even? Please ask .. r nmksh before …
Hello Nur, thank you for the question.
In babies under 2 years, there is a possibility of changes in the shape of the head, especially if there are habits such as wearing a pillow that is thick enough, wearing a hat that is tight enough, or there is a medical condition such as a buildup of fluid in the brain space or channel, which resulting in an enlarged head (this condition is called hydrocephalus). However, this head enlargement is different from the term lump on the head. The term lump indicates a part of the head that is protruding, not following the contours of the head itself. This needs attention, especially in newborns and babies who are in their infancy. Some of the causes include:
Variation in normal head shape
Caput Succedaneum, which is the formation of a lump due to the buildup of fluid on the head of a newborn, usually occurs as a result of complicated / difficult labor or labor assisted by tools, such as vacuum. This lump will disappear on its own in 3-6 days
Subgaleal hematoma, bleeding in the head cavity in newborns, this condition must be treated as soon as possible
Infection in the head area, for example an abscess or lump filled with pus
Tumor or mass in the head area
Further examination is needed if the lump you mention does not shrink, becomes enlarged or causes the baby to feel pain, especially if the baby has vomiting suddenly, there is weakness in the body, or a decrease in consciousness, the baby tends to be drowsy or unconscious ( coma). Immediately take your child to the doctor if these things happen.
In addition, it is also necessary to monitor fairly closely on the condition of the cheeks and neck that are even. This can occur due to:
Disorders of the baby's jaw
Disorders of the spine, which result in an abnormal tilt of the baby's head, for example due to a disturbance when the baby is born, or other conditions
Excess fat on the baby's neck
A condition in which the neck bones are shorter than normal, causing the cheeks and neck to look even
Variations in the shape of the baby's cheeks and neck
You should check your baby with a Pediatrician, if indeed these conditions are very worrying. My advice, reduce the use of pillows for infants under 2 years, so that the baby's head can be well-formed and perfect.
Hopefully the answers I provide can help.
Dr. Otniel Budi Krisetya