Fontanelles - sunken

Sunken fontanelles; Soft spot - sunken

Sunken fontanelles are an obvious curving inward of the "soft spot" in an infant's head.

Skull of a newborn

The sutures or anatomical lines where the bony plates of the skull join together can be easily felt in the newborn infant. The diamond shaped space on the top of the skull and the smaller space further to the back are often referred to as the soft spot in young infants.

Sunken fontanelles (superior view)

The fontanelles should feel firm and very slightly concave to the touch. A noticeably sunken fontanelle is a sign that the infant does not have enough fluid in its body.



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