The Part That Looks Sunken And Feels Soft On The Baby’s Head?
Hello, nice greetings r nI am sri from arrowroot r nWant to ask r nI have a baby boy aged over 6 months r nTut on my baby’s head is huddled into the cuddle position above the forehead, looks like heartbeat, r nWhat is that, will affect growth or not, or other impacts. r nAs it is our first child r nPlease help and explain r nThank you in advance
Hello Sri, thank you for the question for HealthReplies.com
The part that looks sunken and feels soft on your baby's head is the crown or called the fontanel. The fontanel is the part of the skull bones that has not closed off one another, which functions to make room for the brain to grow and increase in volume. The following are some facts about the baby's crown that are important to know:
A newborn will have 2 crowns, namely a larger front crown and a smaller rear crown.
The rear crown closes at 2-4 months of age
The front crown will be felt to shrink at the age of 12 months and completely close at the age of approximately 18-19 months
The uncovered crown can appear to pulsate. This is normal
Sometimes when the baby is crying loudly or straining to defecate, the crown can be seen sticking out
Touching the crown gently will not cause certain side effects in babies
Take it to the doctor immediately if you find the crown of the baby is very sunken (because it can be a sign of dehydration when the baby has vomiting or diarrhea), and if you find the crown is very prominent (because it can be a sign there is increased pressure in the head due to infection or due to bleeding in the brain after the impact on the head)
Your child's condition is very, very normal. If indeed the crown is not closed until the age of 18-19 months, you can take the child to the pediatrician for further examination.
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