Caida de la mollera

Caida de la mollera is synonymous with "fallen fontanel" of an infant's skull.

The actual cause can be any illness resulting extreme loss of the infant's body weight. Caida de la mollera is frequently considered to be a sign of maternal neglect. The belief is that the fontanel is pulled down by suction which is caused when the infant is pulled too suddenly off of the nipple (mother's or bottle). It is also attributed to a sudden bump or fall.

Traditional "cures" include pressing upward on the soft palate in an attempt to reshape the affected area, sucking on the outside of the fontanel, and holding the baby upside down, sometimes gently shaking and tapping the feet. Other treatments include the application of various poultices and linaments.

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