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Baby's soft spots (fontanels)

Baby's soft spots (fontanels)

A baby's soft spots (fontanels) close when the skull bones fuse together. See how.

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A baby's skull consists of several bones, and there are soft spots — or fontanels — where they meet. A baby's soft spots are covered by a thick fibrous layer. The soft spots are safe to touch and typically close within 12 to 18 months, when the skull bones fuse together.

2012-01-21

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