Skull Sutures and Bony Plates in Fetuses and Infants

Picture of skull sutures and bony plates in fetuses and infants

The skull consists of five thin, curved, bony plates that are held together by fibrous material called sutures. These sutures allow a baby's skull to expand with the growing brain. The sutures gradually harden to join the skull bones together. The spaces where sutures meet are called soft spots or fontanelles.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerChristian G. Zimmerman, MD, FACS, MBA - Neurological Surgery

Current as ofJuly 26, 2016

Current as of: July 26, 2016

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Christian G. Zimmerman, MD, FACS, MBA - Neurological Surgery