Pregnancy terms decoded
Caput succedaneum refers to swelling or edema of an infant’s scalp, appearing as a lump on their head shortly after delivery. This condition happens due to pressure put on the infant’s head during delivery but is harmless. It doesn’t indicate any sort of damage to the brain or the bones of the cranium. The swelling and bruising may increase the risk of infant jaundice. Make sure to bring it to your doctor’s attention. In case it doesn’t get cured, check with your doctor. This condition can also be confused with Cephalohematoma which refers to bleeding under the scalp.