Hi! Ok so I just typed this whole long post about every detail and then my internet hung up and it ended up not responding and knocked me offline. UGH!! Always something. So now I am going to give an abbreviated version.
I am a registered nurse and work in adult cardiac ICU. So, I really do not know much about baby medical conditions. My daughter is 9 months old and she is my first child. I am probably just being paranoid but I thought this was an awesome sight and I wanted yalls opinion.
About 3 months ago I started noticing that something about the middle of my daughters forehead did not look right. It is not a ridge like I have seen in some pictures on this site as well as some other websites. It looks more like a goose egg. It is not hard or anything. It is like a patch of skin that seems to stick out a little further than the other skin. This may be normal, I am not sure. I am attaching pictures and you can kind of tell in the second picture.
Last week, I was running my fingers through her hair as usual and I happened to notice a hump. It is not huge or stick up a lot but it is there. I can not see it because she has a lot of dark hair but I can feel it. The only way I can see it is when she is lying on my leg and I am feeding her. I can look down at her scalp and she that her skull is perfectly shaped except for right down the middle of the front of her head. It come up to a point from her fontanelle to her forehead. Like I said, it is not huge but it is there. I am thinking that it might be her sutures. I dont know if they closed already. I thought it was supposed to take longer for the front sutures to close....like when they are 2 or 3 years old. Her head is not mishapen so if anything she has a mild case of metopic cranio. Again, this may be normal. The other thing is her forehead is relatively small but it protrudes or buldges. I have seen this on other babies that have nothing wrong with them so I dont feel it is a big deal. I actually think it is cute. I also am attaching a picture of her profile so you can see what I am talking about. I can attach another picture tomorrow of the top of her head. Since I have been reading on here, that seems to help to see if there is anything abnormal looking. She is sleeping for the night so I do not want to waker her.
Some other things is she was 5 weeks early, c-section because she was breech, and stayed on one side of my abdomen the whole time I was pregnant. I read that these things are risk factors because of the position in utero. I dont know if that is true. She was in the NICU for a week and while she was in there they did an ultrasound of her head. I was told everything was fine with the results and did not think another thing about it. Once I started noticing these things on her head, I called my sister who works in the NICU and asked her about why the do ultrasounds on babies heads. I thought maybe it was routine. She said they only do them if they suspect something may be wrong with the fontanelle. The tech told me when she was doing the ultrasound that she was having a hard time because her fontanelle was so small. That may be another reason the sutures closed early if that is the case. If this is what it is, I dont think we would have to do anything about it because I am pretty sure it would just be a mild case.
Let me know what you all think even if you think she is perfectly normal. I am hoping that everything is ok. I just want to make sure. Also, she has her 9 month checkup with the pediatrician on Jan 30th. She has not been to the doctor since she was 5 months old. She will be 10 months when we go at the end of this month.
Thank you so much! I really appreciate you reading this and responding.