fallen fontanelle

fallen fontanelle

A folk illness described in Latino infants—mollera (head, crown), caida (fallen)—who are fussy, do not feed well or have diarrhoea, which corresponds to sunken fontanelles, a sign of dehydration.
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Some of the most common culture-bound syndromes described among Latinos include empacho (stomach ailment), susto (fright), caida de mollera (fallen fontanelle), mal de ojo (evil eye), bilongo/hechizo (hex), ataques de nervios (attack of the nerves), and envidia (envy) (Spicer, 1977; Trotter, 1981).