Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Lals | 2010-02-25


Lump on head

My baby boy is nearly 3 weeks old. He was born with a tiny 0.5cm in diameter round lump on the back left of his head. I asked the paed and he said it was part of the skull bones that needed to realign etc after the birth (caesar).
But the lump is still there and I feel it''s getting more prominent. It definitely ''moves'' when you press it around, but doesn''t seem to cause discomfort.
What could this be? And if I go to the paed, what will he do - a biopsy? What if it''s cancerous? Should I demand a biopsy?

Expert's Reply



Firstly this swelling is not cancerous, so do not worry. The most likely cause is a condition called 'caput' which is a swelling of the tissues of the baby's scalp with a small amount of bleeding. This occurs usually during the birth process when the baby's head is moving down through the birth passage. Why this should happen to your baby who was born by caesarean is not easy to explain unless you went into labour before the caesarean was done. It would be a good idea for the paediatrician to check your baby again. No biopsy will be needed.

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