Cephalohematoma lumps or hemorrhages in newborn babies can be caused just from the expulsion from the birth canal due to the grip the cervix has around the newborn baby's soft head or by use of forceps or vacuum extraction during delivery.
A Caput succedaneum hemorrhage is similar to a cephalohematoma hemorrhage or lump except that it is more localized and does not last nearly as long.
Is a cephalohematoma or caput succedaneum hemorrhage something to worry about? Not unless there are complications.
Generally the collection of blood with a cephalohematoma and caput succedaneum becomes more defined after a few days, and the hemorrhage disappears completely after a few months.
Caput Succedaneum Skull HemorrhageA Caput Succedaneum differs from a Cephalohematoma in that it lasts only a few days providing there are no complications and disappears far quicker than the other.
If forceps were used during delivery there may be also be a skull fracture which would be a complication in and of itself.
Problems that occur with a cephalohematoma are generally related to a skull fracture or brain injury but problems like this are uncommon.