Children with this condition have what Western medicine refers to as a sunken fontanelle, or a depression in the skull where the bones have not yet grown together and hardened. The National Library of Medicine indicates the caida de la mollera is a medical emergency and is usually a sign the infant is severely dehydrated or malnourished. Caida de la mollera is considered to be mechanical in nature, meaning there is a direct cause-and-effect relationship between an specific activity and why the fontanelle collapses inward. This dehydration can be the result of malnutrition, but it may also indicate other serious illnesses such as sepsis, dysentery, or meningitis. Regardless of the cause, a sunken fontanelle is considered a medical emergency, and waiting to receive folk treatment can often be dangerous for the baby.
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We'd like to understand how you use our websites in order to improve them. Register your interest. A sunken soft-spot or fontanel is a sign for dehydration in infants. A mixed-methods approach was used. However, an important aspect of the community beliefs was that rehydration therapies were not widely endorsed. Recommendations for culturally informed and respectful approaches to clinical communication are provided.
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The Boiled Fontanelle In Caida de Mollera
A case of subdural hematoma occurred secondary to manipulation by a folk practitioner for fallen fontanelle caida de mollera. This variation of the battered child syndrome should be a consideration when dealing with patients of Latin-American background because folk concepts of disease and their related "remedies" are sometimes important factors in case histories. Coronavirus Resource Center. All Rights Reserved.
Latino folk illnesses: Exploring ‘Caida de la Mollera’
A sunken soft-spot or fontanel is a sign for dehydration in infants. A mixed-methods approach was used. However, an important aspect of the community beliefs was that rehydration therapies were not widely endorsed. Recommendations for culturally informed and respectful approaches to clinical communication are provided.
Caida de la mollera
To the Editor. In the case report, the authors state " The last of these consisted of holding the infant upside down by his ankles with his head partially immersed in boiling water I do not understand how an infant's head that has been immersed in boiling water can be free of signs of trauma two days later!
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