“Caput succedaneum” refers to swelling, or edema, of an infant’s scalp that appears as a lump or bump on their head shortly after delivery. This condition is harmless and is due to pressure put on the infant’s head during delivery. It doesn’t indicate damage to the brain or the bones of the cranium.
Are baby heads bumpy?
It is not unusual for a baby’s head to look a little lopsided. Because the individual bones of a newborn’s skull aren’t yet fused together, pressure from resting in the same position can cause an infant’s head to be misshapen. This may include a flattened area.
Why do babies have dents in their heads?
Sometimes babies are born with an indentation in their skull. These indentations can be caused by the birth process or by the way the baby was positioned in their mother’s womb. If the bones in a baby’s skull fuse prematurely, the baby’s head may appear dented or misshapen — a condition called craniosynostosis.
Can you feel ridges in baby’s head?
In an infant only a few minutes old, the pressure from delivery compresses the head. This makes the bony plates overlap at the sutures and creates a small ridge. This is normal in newborns. In the next few days, the head expands and the overlapping disappears.
Why is baby’s skull lumpy?
A misshapen head can be a result of a prolonged birth, cramped quarters in the mother’s womb for twins or triplets, or birth complications. Flat spots or unevenness can also result from newborn babies resting their heads in the same position — called positional plagiocephaly.
What is a cranial ridge?
The cranial ridges, also referred to as exo-cranial ridges or cranial plates are bony plates on the surface of the forehead on many humanoid species. Some species, such as Humans, Vulcans, and the ancient humanoids do not possess visible cranial ridges.
When should I be concerned about my baby’s head size?
If your baby’s head is measuring small or is not growing: Your baby’s doctor may be concerned about failure to thrive (when a child doesn’t take in enough calories or is unable to utilize them and doesn’t grow properly as a result).
When does babies head stop pulsing?
Pulsing will stop when the skull bones fuse (at 4 to 8 weeks for the one at the back of the head, and 9 months to 2 years for the soft spot on top). If Baby’s fontanel is sunken, she may be dehydrated.