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Video: Baby's soft spots (fontanels)By Mayo Clinic staff
A baby's skull consists of several bones, and there are soft spots — or fontanels — where they meet. A baby's soft spots are covered by a thick fibrous layer. The soft spots are safe to touch and typically close within 12 to 18 months, when the skull bones fuse together.
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