These soft spots are spaces between the bones of the skull where bone formation isn’t complete. This allows the skull to be molded during birth. The smaller spot at the back usually closes by age 2 to 3 months. The larger spot toward the front often closes around age 18 months.
What happens if you touch the soft spot on a baby’s head?
Can I hurt my baby’s brain if I touch the soft spot? Many parents worry that their baby will be injured if the soft spot is touched or brushed over. The fontanel is covered by a thick, tough membrane which protects the brain. There is absolutely no danger of damaging your baby with normal handling.
How long does it take for a baby’s skull to fuse?
When babies are born their skulls are soft, which helps them pass through the birth canal. It can take 9-18 months before a baby’s skull is fully formed. During this time some babies develop positional plagiocephaly.
How long does it take the soft spot to close on a baby’s head?
Since the back soft spot is smaller, it usually closes around three months old. The larger spot on the top-front of their skull won’t close until around 18 months old. As your baby ages, you will notice that the spots get smaller and smaller with each passing month until they are barely noticeable.
When should I be concerned about my baby’s soft spot?
Normally, a baby’s soft spot is firm and curves in just slightly. But call your doctor right away if you notice these rare but possible signs of trouble: A dramatically sunken fontanelle. This can signal dehydration, especially if your baby isn’t eating or drinking well and is having fewer wet diapers than usual.
What happens if you hit a newborn’s head?
When the head moves around, the baby or child’s brain moves back and forth inside the skull. This can tear blood vessels and nerves inside or around the brain, causing bleeding and nerve damage. The brain may hit against the inside of the skull, causing brain bruising and bleeding on the outside of the brain.
How do you shape a newborn head?
You can help your baby’s head return to a more rounded shape by altering her position while she’s asleep, feeding and playing. Changing your baby’s position is called counter-positioning or repositioning. It encourages the flattened areas of your baby’s head to reshape naturally.