This topic is mainly directed toward mums who get scared and freak out when they notice soft pulsating spots called fontanelles on the head of their babies. Fontanelles are divided into two categories by their placement, namely the anterior fontanelle and the posterior fontanelle.
What You Should Know About The Soft Spot
1. You will notice that either one or two areas on your baby’s head seem to be lacking bony protection. The soft spots are called fontanelles.
2. The soft larger soft spot in the front is called anterior fontanelle. The smaller and less noticeable soft spot at the back of a baby’s head is referred to as posterior fontanelle.
3. Do not be afraid to touch the pulsating fontanelle. They are well protected despite their lack of bony layer. Though its best to feel when your baby is calm.
4. In young infants, a pulsating fontanelle especially when combined with poor feeding and dry diapers can suggest dehydration.
5. There are different kinds of traditional African treatment for this. But it is important to note that there is noting abnormal about fontanelles. Every baby has it. It is there to allow along with the small spaces (sutures) between the different bones of the skull to accommodate the baby’s brain growth. Fontanelles are a normal part of the baby’s head.
When your mother’s instincts keep coming, it best you see a paediatrician.