disproportionate head circumference/growth worries...

Natalie - posted on 07/08/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )




my son is just over 10 months his HC is 49cm. Which is outside the 95th percentile. It was 25 percentile at birth and his height and weight are right about 50th percentile. It's like his head exploded (except it doesn't look strange). Doctors express concern, want to monitor his HC. However, the doctors around here are awful. One sent us to a dermatologist for cradlecap because he didn't think it was and one sent us for cystic fybrosis test over gas pains. A PA Mis charted his measurements and we were scheduled us for an emeegency neurologist apppointment. Everyone seems hysterical so I can't trust them to monitor my son. Right now (for two months) I have been measuring and plotting my son myself. Is this the right thing to do? His developmental milestones are right on and he seems happy healthy social and his softspot is still soft (so probably not hydrocephalytus). I have checked with other moms, no one is satisfied with peds around here. Should I keep measuring and plotting until time for year appt. Then take him four hours away to better doc with what info I have? Or should I take him there now? I hate not knowing how worried to be!


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Donna - posted on 07/11/2010




My son, who will be 1 on August 10th was nearly 4 weeks prem and had a very small head at birth and like your baby now has a head circumference over the 95th centile. I have to buy sun hats for a 2-3 year old toddler lol! My health visitor who has looked after all my 5 children (my eldest is now 18) says this is nothing to worry about - all babies grow at different rates and eventually their bodies grow in proportion. Unless u are noticing any other symtoms i would not be 2 worried. Hope this helps :)

Blackwood - posted on 07/11/2010




How frustating for you. You're doc might not be the best, but at least of he is unsure of something he sends you too someelse. I've always heard that boys have bigger heads, but as longs as they are developing there isn't much too worry about, but I'm not a doc. What is your doc looking for? You could let them monitor you son for two months, see what they find and if they "find" something, then get a second opinion or request a certain doc for a second opinion. Best of luck that's a hard one.

Juli - posted on 07/09/2010




my daughter is the same way they had her looked at by a nuraligest and he said that she was fine she just has a big head he did make comments that as long as her development is good and her soft spot is still normal in apperance then she is fine good luck

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