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    Question Soft Spot sunken?

    My little guy is 10 1/2 wks old and today his soft spot appears a bit sunken. I have been told (by formula feeders) that this means a baby is not getting enough food. I highly doubt this is the case as he feeds consistently when I am home, I pump 3-4 oz 2 times while I am at work (6 hours total including commute). I know he is draining the breast because he has solved a clogged duct issue that my pump was unable to. He has been gaining steadily and adequately. I am taking him to the dr for a weight check on Friday (my own paranoia) but is there anything else that can be causing this?
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    Default Re: Soft Spot sunken?

    are you talking about the one on the front? its perfectly normal to be sunken in. blah to those who say its not suposed to, unless its very pronounced, dont worry about it. my daughter's frontal soft spot was pronounced, but that was cuz her skull bones overlapped (and that freaked me out... itsnormal now)

    that soft spot is fine. you shold only worry if its SWOLLEN, not if its sunken
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    Default Re: Soft Spot sunken?

    If you're getting plenty of wet diapers, I don't think you need to worry about it.


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    Default Re: Soft Spot sunken?

    To correct what they're saying, it's not food. It's a sign of dehydration. Yes, they get their food / drink together, but it's specific to dehydration.

    That being said, it's very individual. If the baby has always had it slightly sunken, it's just the way they are like the PP said. It's when it CHANGES from being the way it is to being sunken / more sunken than normal that it could be cause for concern.

    Are you getting plenty of wet / dirty diapers? Yes? Then it's just they way your babe is.
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    Default Re: Soft Spot sunken?

    Yes we are having plenty of wet/dirty diapers (8/2 per day average). It has always been slightly sunken upon close inspection it just seems a tad more sunken today(wouldn't call it pronounced even, just changed). I'm going to keep an eye on it since we have been having some very hot weather lately and here in North Dakota an air conditioner is rarely a necessity. Thank you all so much.
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    Default Re: Soft Spot sunken?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*MLDD.mommaflick View Post
    Yes we are having plenty of wet/dirty diapers (8/2 per day average). It has always been slightly sunken upon close inspection it just seems a tad more sunken today(wouldn't call it pronounced even, just changed). I'm going to keep an eye on it since we have been having some very hot weather lately and here in North Dakota an air conditioner is rarely a necessity. Thank you all so much.
    Sounds like you are doing fine by the diaper count. I also wanted to add that sometimes the soft spot will change slightly in appearance based on baby's position. It can look more sunken when they are sitting upright and less so when they are lying down.

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    Default Re: Soft Spot sunken?

    As long as your baby is peeing enough, there's no need to worry. And definitely check out how the fontanel changes based on position- when my babies were upright their fontanels always seemed more sunken than when they were lying down. Basic physics, I guess!
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    My sons looks different daily I think
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