I accidentally pushed on my baby’s fontanelle while trying to grab/right his head when he pulled away suddenly. Have I hurt it or him? How easy is it to actually hurt a baby’s soft spot and his brain?
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Hurting A Baby’s Soft Spot (Fontanelle)
A baby’s soft spot or fontanel is made of tough fibrous membrane and serves as a cushion that protects your baby’s brain.
A lot of parents, myself included the first time, are very afraid to even touch their baby’s fontanel. It is a very special area of a baby’s body and even a target for folk myths as you can read about here. But the soft spot is actually more like a helmet for the baby’s brain than the opposite. And just think of the pressure on the spot during birth; a baby’s soft spot can obviously not be that vulnerable!
Certainly accidents can occur, and direct penetration through the soft spot would happen more easily than through the skull, and of course be very dangerous. But a push is not likely to be dangerous unless it is very hard and hence affects the brain through a high fall for example.
So if it is only the case that you happened to push your baby’s soft spot a bit while taking care of your baby, it is very unlikely that he has been injured.
If the push was very hard or if you notice any changes in your baby’s behaviour (appears extra sleepy, dizzy or anything like that), do contact a doctor immediately.
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