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Fontanelle

Also known as the ‘soft spot’, this is the name for either one of two membrane-covered areas on a baby’s skull. The most obvious one is on top of the baby’s head (the anterior fontanelle). This will gradually disappear over the course of the first 18 months as the baby grows and the bones of the skull move closer together. A sunken fontanelle can indicate dehydration.

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