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small head circum

Lana had her 6 mo well baby visit yesterday (a little early) and she is in the 90th percentile for weight, 95% for height. And to think she was only 6 pounds when she was born! LOL. But her head circum. is only in the 15-20%. This is up slightly from her 4 mo check and her 2 month check when she was only in the 10%

I asked the pedi if we should be concerned and he said not yet...he was encouraged by the fact that her head has come up slightly. He said that if it doesn't continue to do so, the next step would be to measure my head and DH's head to see if that's the issue.

He assured me she was fine - what concerns are there over a smaller head circumference?

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Hmmm...how did Tyler's head measure? I guess a comparison to him might not show much given that he was a preemie...?

At any rate, I guess I would TRY not to worry as long as Lana appears to be developing normally. And it sounds like she is growing great, otherwise....her head may just need a bit to "catch up." Seems like it is already coming up. Please KUP on this!

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Do you or DH have a small head? I wouldnt worry to much if the pedi isnt at this point.

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I suggest not playing Dr. Google first off. I went thru all that with Colby's off the charts huge head, and it was entirely unnecessary. Bottom line is DH and I DO have big heads ourselves. I would bet huge chunks of money the opposite is true in Lana's case. Um glad the pedi didn't jump to scenarios and realized the most likely cause is DNA!!!

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Honestly, I have no idea the issues that come with a small head size, I did not google it.
Abigail has a tiny head, I think on the charts she was 3rd%, 5th%, 5th%,10th% and finally 25% at her 9 months. My pedi has never batted an eye about it, probably because I have never questioned it. At her last appt she did say "her head is finally climbing up the charts into a more common range". I have a small head, I can wear most large youth hats, had a heck of a time finding an adult motorcycle helmet in a XXS. I also remember my mom having a small head. Then again, we aren't 'big boned' people either.

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"luangwa" wrote:

Honestly, I have no idea the issues that come with a small head size, I did not google it.
Abigail has a tiny head, I think on the charts she was 3rd%, 5th%, 5th%,10th% and finally 25% at her 9 months. My pedi has never batted an eye about it, probably because I have never questioned it. At her last appt she did say "her head is finally climbing up the charts into a more common range". I have a small head, I can wear most large youth hats, had a heck of a time finding an adult motorcycle helmet in a XXS. I also remember my mom having a small head. Then again, we aren't 'big boned' people either.

Pedis (or at least mine) can be really good about casually asking questions and being extremely non-reactive about the answer. Sometimes I know what red flag he's looking for, sometimes I don't (and it's definitely better that way!!). If he asks a question and they haven't done it yet, he'll casually say they generally like for that milestone to be reached by X month, and it's always far off into the future. lol I think pediatrics has to be the most difficult branch of medicine - the incredible amount of knowledge they need to possess and the hysterical parents they sometimes have to deal with, not to mention the vast majority of their patients being unable to communicate (or communicate well).

Anyway, I googled a little about this last night, Tracy, and I'm thinking you don't have anything to worry about... it seems like the two things they're concerned with a smaller head is that they're developing normally and that their growth is following its own curve, regardless of where it is on the chart. I think Lana is doing both of those things, right? So hard not to worry, though!

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I don't know anything about it either...just that she looks perfectly proportionate in her photos.

TBH, I have never been told a head circ. other than birth for both girls at any appt. I'm going to assume it's not a hugely important thing if she's off just a bit. I'd be more concerned if she weren't on the charts at all.

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My friends had this with their daughter, the doc actually made them take her to sick kids to have tests done, there was absolutely nothing wrong, just a petite noggin. I'm sure it's the same for you. we have to stretch the poop out of Aidan's shirts to make his head fit in them lol, I'd rather have a smaller headed kid, he can wear DH's hats without a problem lol.

"try" not to worry, although as a mommy too, I know it's impossible.

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I bet it just runs in the family. My MIL had a small head, DH has a fairly small head, and Anna measured small too. I'm guessing they'll just continue to watch it.

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"StateChick" wrote:

Hmmm...how did Tyler's head measure? I guess a comparison to him might not show much given that he was a preemie...?

At any rate, I guess I would TRY not to worry as long as Lana appears to be developing normally. And it sounds like she is growing great, otherwise....her head may just need a bit to "catch up." Seems like it is already coming up. Please KUP on this!

It took Tyler a long time to even get on the chart for his age, but once he caught up, he always measured in the 50% across the board

"luangwa" wrote:

Honestly, I have no idea the issues that come with a small head size, I did not google it.
Abigail has a tiny head, I think on the charts she was 3rd%, 5th%, 5th%,10th% and finally 25% at her 9 months. My pedi has never batted an eye about it, probably because I have never questioned it. At her last appt she did say "her head is finally climbing up the charts into a more common range". I have a small head, I can wear most large youth hats, had a heck of a time finding an adult motorcycle helmet in a XXS. I also remember my mom having a small head. Then again, we aren't 'big boned' people either.

this is pretty much exactly how our conversation went. He made a casual remark about how her head is starting to climb the curve...and that's when I asked if I should be concerned. I never really thought about the sixe of my head...? DH has a big head though!

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I don't know anything about it either...just that she looks perfectly proportionate in her photos.

TBH, I have never been told a head circ. other than birth for both girls at any appt. I'm going to assume it's not a hugely important thing if she's off just a bit. I'd be more concerned if she weren't on the charts at all.

I don't think her head looks abnormally small compared with the rest of her either. Honestly, I thought the first few times, maybe they measured it wrong.

I didnt Google it (yay me). It's just crazy how your mind wanders and you start seeing something out of everything!! Like, I start thinking she hasn't rolled over yet - back to belly or belly to back. OMG - what if it's related?? :roll: you'd think we would outgrow this stuff by the 2nd kid.

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I don thave any experience with this with kids, but wanted to say my husband has an abnormally SMALL head. We call it his cousin jack head. Alex's head is not much smaller. DH is perfectly normal and smart (but dont tel lhim I said that!) and handsome. I think head size varies from person to person just like are height.