Childhood Diseases

Posted by: HK | 2009-10-07



we visited our ped who examined our 5m old boy. on a head exam he could noy feel the front fontanel &  was concerned that they might have closed. we did an xray, which showed, fortunately, that they hadn' t. the ped said usually at 5m, he can feel this with his bare hands. he advised that we monitor his head growth and do surgery should the fontanel close. my son is BIG for his age. he weighs 8kg and is almost 70cm tall.
Is this normal, should we be concerned. what are the concerns with early fontanel closure &  what are the symptoms &  treatment. what should we be looking for. really worried.

Expert's Reply



Babies have fontanelles and the sutures of the skull that have not joined or closed because the most rapid period for brain growth is in the first year of life. If the skull sutures and fontanelle close too early then there may not be place for the brain to grow normally. This is why your paediatrician is correct that he should monitor your baby's head circumference very closely month by month to be sure that his head is growing normally.

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Posted by: Rennie | 2009-10-22

5mnth boy, no complication during delivery. Pregnancy fine.

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