Changes in fontanelles may indicate a health concern
Knowing how the bumbunan ni baby normally looks helps you identify when there’s a problem.
Below are the changes in the fontanelles and what they possibly mean:
If your baby’s bumbunan continues to appear bulging even when they are calm, it may signal a problem. Reports say a bulging soft spot may indicate increased fluid, swelling, or pressure in the brain.
While a slightly inward curve is normal, a sunken fontanelle is not. In many cases, a sunken soft spot indicates dehydration. Other symptoms of dehydration in babies include lack of tears when crying and fewer wet nappies.
Did your baby fall or bump their head on a hard surface? If that’s the case, a swollen fontanelle may indicate head trauma, especially when accompanied by vomiting.
Fontanelles that close earlier than expected
Each fontanelle closes in its own time. For instance, the fontanelle at the back of the head may close after two months. On the other hand, the one at the top of the head may close any time when the baby is 9 to 18 months old.
In case you don’t feel your baby’s bumbunan, don’t panic. Experts say that as long as the head is growing just fine, it might only mean that your baby has a “quiet” fontanelle.
To be on the safe side, bring them to the doctor. This is because cases where fontanelles close prematurely happen, and they might require surgical correction to ensure that the head will develop properly.
Fontanelles that don’t close as expected
While your baby’s bumbunan may close earlier or later than expected, you should still set an appointment with your doctor if the soft spot is still there after they turn one year old.
Fontanelles, or bumbunan ni baby, are normal and crucial for their growth. Normally, soft spots look and feel flat with a slight inward curve. If you notice changes in its appearance, bring your baby to the doctor for a proper diagnosis and treatment.
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