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Fontanelles

Fontanelles


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The skull of the baby is made of cartilaginous bone separated by soft sutures.
These widen in front by the anterior fontanelle (diamond-shaped) and behind by the posterior fontanel (small and triangular). These two fontanelles allow some flexibility of the skull during childbirth.
The anterior fontanelle closes progressively according to the babies, between 8 months and 2 years, whereas the posterior fontanel disappears generally in 8 weeks.