The Shape Of The Baby’s Head Is 1 Month Old?
I want to ask, my nephew was born and now is 1 month old, but the back of the head is like that.
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Need to be clarified, what is exactly the condition of the elongated back of the head? Are there other complaints that have arisen?
Some benchmarks can be done to assess the suitability of the baby's growth, one of which is head circumference. At the age of 1 month, the normal circumference of a baby's head is around 35 to 39.5 cm.
The condition of a baby's head that looks elongated, if the head circumference is still within normal limits as mentioned above, is likely not a dangerous thing. This elongated form may arise due to genetic influences, plagiocephaly, or minimal trauma during labor that causes interstitial fluid to seep into the subcutaneous tissue surrounding the skull (caput succedaneum). As the age increases, this complaint will improve by itself without the need for special handling.
However, in some cases, the baby's head may also appear to be elongated due to more serious conditions, for example due to cephalous hematoma, hydrocephalus (excess fluid in the brain cavity due to increased production or impaired absorption), intracranial tumors, head injuries, closure of the head- premature fontanel, scalp infection or inflammation of the scalp due to other causes, and so on. In cases like this, most babies will also experience other complaints, such as inactivity, nausea, vomiting, impaired vision, impaired body coordination, seizures, and so on.
If the shape of your niece's head looks very different from other babies her age, you should check it directly to the doctor or pediatrician to be further evaluated, namely by physical examination, or also supporting tests, such as x-rays, CT scans, MRI, etc. . That way, if indeed the condition occurs related to a disease, then appropriate treatment can be given according to the type of disease.
At this time, make sure you do not massage or exaggerate the length of your niece's head. You can encourage the baby's mother to regularly give her baby exclusive breastfeeding so that her immune system is well maintained, and also keep the baby's body clean so that it is not easy to get infections and inflammation of the skin. Do not forget, avoid the baby from potential injury, for example by not allowing him to play alone without adult supervision.
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