Cephalohematoma

My daughter is 2 1/2 months old. She was born with a very large soft spot on her head, not the regular soft spot all babies are born with. Her pediatrician said she has what is called cephalohematoma. The bump basically is big and swollen and hard as if it’s bone. How long will it take for my daughter’s body to resolve this on her own?

Cephalohematoma

Dr. Greene’s Answer:

A  cephalohematoma is a collection of blood under the scalp that usually comes from birth trauma. It’s more common after a vacuum is used for delivery but can happen with any delivery. A cephalohematoma may be associated with an underlying skull fracture in about 5-10% of cases. It may also contribute to hyperbilirubinemia (jaundice) in the newborn.

A cephalohematoma often takes many months to go away and gets quite firm before it does.

As it goes away, usually the middle disappears first, followed by the edges, which can get quite hard before being absorbed into the body. The remaining bump can feel a bit like a crater before it completely disappears

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of DrGreene.com (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

  1. Angie

    Hi Dr Greene,

    My 7 month old grandaughter sustained a Linear Skull Fracture and was diagnosed with a Cephalhematoma but I’m a little confused as I thought these were associated with child birth ? After about 2 weeks of it’s presents it had almost gone

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  2. nick

    I have a small bump on my head. It shape like a little “bell curve”. say around 7-8 mm high. It stays very secure in same spot for some time now. If i push it hard then it move side to side. Otherwise it doesn’t move. There is no pain when i press it with fingers, but hurts a little if i purposely push it against the wall.

    What is it? Should i be worried about it?

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  3. nick

    I have a bump on my head. It shape like a little “bell curve”. say around 7-8 mm high. It stays very secure in same spot for some time now. If i push it hard then it move side to side. Otherwise it doesn’t move. There is no pain when i press it with fingers, but hurts a little if i purposely push it against the wall.

    What is it? Should i be worried about it?

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  4. kalyani

    Hi Doctor,

    My son had cephalohematoma after birth. It has calcified and it did not go away till now. He is 3 yrs now. I’m really worried about this. When will it completely disappear? Can you tell me the approximate time?

    When we shave his head, if no hair is on his head it is completely noticeable and we even feel it whenever we touch his head.

    Thank you, Doctor.

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  5. Aqilah

    Hi Dr.Greene,
    My baby is now 2months and 7days.. He was born with cephalohematoma on his right side of parietal. At first it was soft but lately it has calcified. It doesn’t show any sign that I would go away. Its as hard as the actually bone. Will it go away?.. I’m worried as this will not look good cosmetically for him.

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