Does a small head make one modest?

Shortly after Evelyn’s birth, we were told by the hospital paediatrician that she had a small anterior fontantelle. This, apparently, was nothing to be overly worried about, but we should keep an eye on it. Accordingly, it has been checked by her child health  nurse at each appointment.

On Wednesday, at her four-month check-up, the nurse mentioned that the fontanelle is now worryingly small and we need to get an ultrasound to have it checked out.

The anterior fontantelle is one of many soft spots in a baby’s skull which exist to allow the skull to grow and expand. If the spot is too small, the concern is that it may be closing, or ‘fusing’, too early. If that happened, the skull may not grow, and therefore of course the brain could  not grow.

I’ve been assured that the chances of this small fontanelle really being a big problem are really very small. But it does need to be checked, just in case. So I now have a referral from my GP to get an ultrasound, and the results of that will determine our next course of action. I’ll keep you updated!

5 thoughts on “Does a small head make one modest?

  1. Andrew says:

    Sending positive thoughts… Good luck at the ultra sound, and try not to blow any bubbles at the nurses.

  2. MissieK says:

    Huge hugs. These things can be scary & worrying, even if they are “nothing to worry about”. All the best with the ultra sound.

  3. Chris Cariou says:

    Good luck to you both and her, of course…my daughter had this and she has become a nurse. It has never been an issue. Still. if you and Aidan have anguish over it, hugs to you. Big hugs, as MissieK says.

  4. stace8383 says:

    Thanks guys. 🙂 I’m not really too worried. Either it will turn out to be nothing, or it will be fixed by an operation by competent medical professionals in a decent first-world hospital. She’ll be right. 🙂

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Keeping you in my thoughts on this one… being a Mom is a tough job sometimes. All this worrying. Makes me drink… which I am off to do now. Keep us posted.

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