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Fontanelles closing early-any experience of this?

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funnylittlekaty Wed 13-Jul-11 20:04:57

Hello, just hoping for some positive experiences of this...
Took my pfb ds to 6-8 wk postnatal check yesterday, although they were a bit late, he's actually 9 weeks today. The dr checked him over but he wouldnt let her feel his head and kicked up a stink when she did. She said she couldn't feel the soft fontanelle well and although she eventually got to have a feel when he fell asleep, she wants us to go back next week. I haven't ever really felt the soft part of his skull, his head feels hard to me, but then what do I know? I've googled it which was probably daft, and scared myself shitless about him having some terrible birth defect. Has anyone else had anything like this happen? I am a neurotic new mummy but can't bear the thought of my little chap having surgery...gulp!
Thanks xxx

funnylittlekaty Fri 15-Jul-11 09:27:54

Bumpity bump anyone?!? X

DeWe Fri 15-Jul-11 16:29:39

I've known a couple of children with this. Both had surgery at about 9-10 months, were out of hospital within a few days and a couple of weeks later were absolutely fine and have had no problems since then.
It's not necessarily a birth defect, it should have been checked at birth, so they should have still been open then. It could be a lot worse wink but when it's your child it sounds terrible. You're allowed to be neurotic over you own child.
I wouldn't google, you only get the bad stories generally and there's a lot of rubbish "information" from people who usually claim to be doctors and "experts" in whatever field while they're spouting their pet theory as fact.

funnylittlekaty Fri 15-Jul-11 20:25:17

Thanks for that. It sounds like if it is early closed fontanelle it'll be ok in the long run.
I've looked in the red book and all was fine at the initial check in the hospital so am hoping all will still be well. Am worried about the check up next week but will try to not obsess too much! sad

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