Cephalohematoma & Caput Succedaneum Skull Lumps
Cephalohematoma or caput succedaneum skull lump in a newborn baby is when blood hemorrhages within the periosteium and the skull of a baby during delivery.
A cephalohematoma or caput succedaneum hemorrhage lump is a birth injury usually due to ruptured blood vessels around the skull, leaving a lump or a number of lumps on the babies head.
Cephalohematoma skull lumps, or hemorrhages in newborn babies can be caused from the baby's expulsion from the birth canal due to the grip the cervix has around the newborn baby's soft head.
A cephalohematoma hemorrhage or lump is a birth injury that can also be caused by use of forceps or vacuum extraction during the babies delivery.
A caput succedaneum skull hemorrhage is a birth injury similar to a cephalohematoma hemorrhage or lump except that caput succedaneum hemorrhages are localized and do not last nearly as long.
Is a cephalohematoma or caput succedaneum skull hemorrhage something to worry about? Does this type of birth injury require treatment? A cephalohematoma hemorrhage or birth injury does not require treatment unless there are other complications.
With a cephalohematoma generally the collection of blood becomes more defined after a few days, and the skull hemorrhage disappears completely after a few months after birth. With this type of birth injury no treatment is required.
Difference Between The Two Hemorrhages
Caput Succedaneum skull hemorrhages or birth injuries differ from a cephalohematoma in that the skull hemorrhages last only a few days after birth providing there are no complications and the skull lump or lumps disappear far quicker than the other.
Aside from a cephalohematoma skull hemorrhage, if forceps were used during the baby's delivery there may be also be a skull fracture which would be a complication in and of itself.
Problems that can occur with a cephalohematoma hemorrhage or caput succedaneum birth injury are generally related to a skull fracture or brain injury in the baby, but problems like this are uncommon.