Anybody else's little one have a head that measures big??!!

Katelyn - posted on 01/05/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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During my daughter's 9 month well child visit, the doctor measured her head and said it was in the above 95th percentile and that she wants her to get a CT scan. She didn't really sound alarmed or really all that concerned about it, that this was merely precautionary. Both my husband & my father have huge heads, which makes me feel a little better. Anybody else have to go through this? Another thing that scares me, is that she has to be sedated! :(

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Katelyn - posted on 01/06/2010

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There's no signs of anything possibly being wrong. She's acting just fine. She's just got a big head. I'm still waiting for the pre-authorization number from the doctor's office before we get the scan done, otherwise I'll have to fork over half of the procedure cost. They just have to sedate her b/c there's no way she'll lay still enough for the scan, especially my kid. Lol. I don't like the idea of not being allowed in the room w/ her after they take her from me. :(

Coleen - posted on 01/05/2010

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If she was sedated because of the scan, then it will only be a mild one just to keep her still for the duration. My daughter had grommets put in her ears at 9 months old because of ear infections, they sedated her for that,watching her go into the theatre was also a heart wrencher but the whole operation was over in 20 mins and she was none the wiser......they gave her something to eat and drink and made she recovered from the anasthetic ok and we went home....It cost me $500 for her to be in the hospital for about 1/5 hour tops..........

Coleen - posted on 01/05/2010

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I think its pretty alarming when a doctor raises certain concerns with your children. We live in a world where people are use to an average child with 10 fingers and toes,blood flowing, regular heartbeat,normal size and weight. What is normal in this day and age. Statistics certainly have changed in this day and age and can only be used as a guide to maintain growth and health. My son's legs bowed out as if he had been born on a horse..and he had a very big head.I didnt take him to the doctor and didnt listen to nurses voice their concerns with recommendations of peadiatricians, I let nature take its course,and as he was still growing I monitored it but didnt let it consume me. In the end they straightened as I thought they would through him walking and running around. It didnt impede on his abilities do anything other than other children. I guess if there are no health issues concerning your baby then I wouldnt concern yourself with it. You know yourself when your baby is acting out of the ordinary or is unwell,so with a little monitoring for yourself and watching out for any tell tale signs.Does your daughter have to be sedated because of this?,I dont understand that part.Maybe this is what they should focus on as Im sure there is no cause for alarm but Ive never had to sedate my children,other than if they have had medication prescibed to them that caused a little drowsiness. Sometimes we tend to panic slightly,rather than let nature takes its course, then see a doctor if still concerned.

Melinda - posted on 01/05/2010

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My first born at birth was in the 75th while his height and weight were less than 25% (hence my c-section!). By six months his head was in the 98th, and I remember the doctor being concerned by the leap -- I brought him back more frequently but he never did recommend a CT scan and eventually my son evened out. His head is still big, but I say that's all his extra brains.

It is very scary to have a baby sedated -- we had to for our second son when he needed ear tubes -- he came out just fine, actually better because the tubes stopped his constant ear infections. I remember being so worried when I handed him over, I didn't want to let him go -- it is scary, but the doctors know what they are doing and the risks are very small. My little one was oblivious and the procedure was blessedly quick.

Love to know how it goes!

Brenda - posted on 01/05/2010

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my daughter is 6 months old with a head that measures at the 85th percentile, weight is 9th percentile and height is 12th percentile. As long as they are tracking well compared to themselves it shouldn't be an issue. I asked my doc if he was concerned about her big head and he said no. She had a big head at birth and still has a big head so not to worry. good luck with the CT.

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