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70 Possible Causes for Sunken Fontanelle

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  • Dehydration

    Signs of Dehydration Mild Thirst Dry lips Slightly dry mouth membranes Moderate Very dry mouth membranes Sunken eyes Sunken fontanelle (soft spot) on infant’s head.[quickcare.org] […] eyes, (in infant – sunken fontanel, the soft spot on the head), limited, very dark urine, cramps, stiff and/or painful joints, severe irritability, severe headache, few or[lecomhealth.com] […] eyes and a sunken fontanel, the soft spot on your baby's head where the bones haven't yet fused together.[care.com]

  • Acute Gastroenteritis

    Severe dehydration—which is an emergency—can cause extreme thirst, extreme sleepiness, sunken fontanels, and fussiness in infants; irritability/confusion in adults; and dry[contemporaryclinic.pharmacytimes.com] […] appearance to the eyes Sunken soft spot on an infant's head (fontanelle) Most viruses and bacteria are passed from person to person by unwashed hands.[medlineplus.gov] […] mucous membranes, little urine to anuria, sunken eyes, tenting, hypotension, tachycardia, rapid breathing, fever, and delirium in individuals of any age.[contemporaryclinic.pharmacytimes.com]

  • Rotavirus Infection

    Rotavirus infection in infants leads to the same symptoms, including severe diarrhea, vomiting, and fever; dehydration also leads to sunken fontanelles, a decreased production[symptoma.com] Symptoms of dehydration include lethargy, dry, cool skin, absence of tears when crying, dry or sticky mouth, sunken eyes or sunken fontanel (the soft spot on the head of infants[medicinenet.com]

  • Adenovirus Infection

    […] soft spots (fontanelles) on the top of an infant's head No tears Sunken eyes Tests of stool samples may be used to identify the virus that is causing the sickness.[mountsinai.org] […] appearance to the eyes Sunken soft spot on an infant's head (fontanelle) Prevention Most viruses and bacteria are passed from person to person by unwashed hands.[mountsinai.org] […] of dehydration, including: Dry or sticky mouth Lethargy or coma (severe dehydration) Low blood pressure Low or no urine output, concentrated urine that looks dark yellow Sunken[mountsinai.org]

  • Hyponatremia

    fontanelle) have a dry mouth have dark-yellow pee have cold and blotchy-looking hands and feet Once the dehydration has been treated your child will need to maintain their[nhs.uk] […] your baby or child to the GP urgently or go to A&E if they: seem drowsy breathe fast have few or no tears when they cry have a soft spot on their head that sinks inwards (sunken[nhs.uk]

  • Vomiting

    Call your doctor if you notice any of the following warning signs in your baby: Signs of dehydration, including a dry mouth, lack of tears, sunken fontanelle, floppiness,[babycentre.co.uk] Call your doctor if you notice any of the following warning signs in your baby: Signs of dehydration, including a dry mouth, lack of tears, sunken fontanelle , floppiness,[babycentre.co.uk] In infants, also watch for decreased urination and a sunken fontanelle (soft spot on top of the baby's head).[webmd.com]

  • Viral Gastroenteritis

    fontanel (the soft spot on the top of an infant’s head) How is viral gastroenteritis diagnosed?[cedars-sinai.org] […] soft spots (fontanelles) on the top of an infant's head No tears Sunken eyes Tests of stool samples may be used to identify the virus that is causing the sickness.[ufhealth.org] […] appearance to the eyes Sunken soft spot on an infant's head (fontanelle) Most viruses and bacteria are passed from person to person by unwashed hands.[medlineplus.gov]

  • Diarrhea

    […] eyes sunken fontanel sleepiness irritability Seek immediate treatment if any of the following apply to your child: They’ve had diarrhea for 24 hours or more.[healthline.com] […] eyes, grayish skin, sunken soft spot (fontanelle) on your baby’s head.[caringforkids.cps.ca] […] child’s doctor or seek emergency care if you see symptoms of dehydration, such as: decreased urination dry mouth a headache fatigue a lack of tears when crying dry skin sunken[healthline.com]

  • Toddler's Diarrhea

    fontanelle (the soft spot on your child’s head if he or she is less than 18 months old).[wmpeds.com] […] eyes, grayish skin, sunken soft spot (fontanelle) on your baby’s head.[caringforkids.cps.ca] […] soft spot (fontanelle) on baby’s head Key points about diarrhea Diarrhea is loose, watery stool.[hopkinsmedicine.org]

  • Infectious Enteritis

    fontanelles dizziness especially when standing up Dehydration is a serious medical condition requiring urgent medical attention.[healthline.com] Examination includes an assessment of the patient’s: General appearance (looking unwell, eyes sunken, anterior fontanelle sunken in an infant) Alertness (irritability and[bpac.org.nz] […] include: dry mouth sunken eyes lack of tears low volume of urine urine that is very dark in color severe fatigue soft spot on the top of the head of an infant, known as sunken[healthline.com]

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