Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Jansen | 2010-10-07


Head Circumference

Please please help doc. My babygirl was diagnosed at 6 months with Pneumococal Meningitis. She also had a stroke on both sides of her brain in hospital. She is doing well. But yesterday when I went to Red Cross they told me her head is to small. How big should a 23 months head be??????? Her''s was 44 cm. The neurological pediatrician told me this could either be because the VP Shunt is working TO Well ????? or that her brain is not developing. Please please tell me what this means and what can I do to help my little Angel.
Thank you.

Expert's Reply



I am very sorry to read about your daughter having been treated for pneumococcal meningitis at the age of 6 months. This is unfortunately for her a very bad form of meningitis to have.The average head vircumference for a little girl of 23 months is 47cm, so your little girl's head circumference is definitely less than expected.The fact that she had strokes involving both sides of her brain at the age of 6 months may be the reason why her brain is not growing normally.I can only reassure you that your daughter is in the best hands in the country as far as her treatment is concerned and everything that has to be done for her will be done.

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Posted by: sam | 2010-10-07

hi jansen i do not have any answer for you but i will ne praying for you to stay strong and i hope that all goes well, i dont know if i could handle being in ur situation.

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