Baby Health Quirks That Are Normal

Our guide to quirky yet common new-mom concerns will save you an angst fest.
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Lara Robby

Health pros say it's totally normal for new moms to question their infant's every spot and twitch, but wouldn't it be nice not to? To keep you from having a conniption over each errant sneeze or mysterious expression, we asked experts for the lowdown on eight seemingly alarming curiosities that are actually quite common. Read, exhale, rejoice!

A Real Head-Turner
Kristi Valentini, of Northville, Michigan, freaked when she noticed that the soft spot on her baby Marissa's head was throbbing. What she was seeing was blood flowing to her brain, says NYC pediatrician Jennifer Trachtenberg, M.D. The soft spots, known as fontanels, allow your baby's head to grow, and they're surprisingly tough. Pulsing will stop when the skull bones fuse (at 4 to 8 weeks for the one at the back of the head, and 9 months to 2 years for the soft spot on top).

If Baby's fontanel is sunken, she may be dehydrated. A bulging fontanel, along with irritability, fever, lethargy, or appetite changes, may be a sign of a serious illness like meningitis.

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