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What are fontanelles?

Fontanelles are the soft spots on your newborn's head, where the bones of their skull have not fused together. It is OK to lightly touch these when washing baby's hair or combing it, but protect these areas from impacts when lifting baby.

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Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 07 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Sleep and newborn babies

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