Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: topaz_sa | 2011-11-16

Q.

Head Growth

I just had my 8 month old baby boy weighed and measured, and his weight and length are going fine.

His head circumference has grown more than it should have though. The sister said I should check it in 2 weeks but not to worry now. She said that the head should follow a steady curve.

What does a slight increase in the growth curve mean, is it something serious I should be worried about. Is it ok to wait 2 weeks before I get him checked again?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

It is important to watch a baby's head circumference especially during the first year of life.This is the period of very rapid brain growth. If a baby's head circumference should increase suddenly and rather rapidly there is concern about a condition called hydrocephalus due to excessive amounts of fluid inside the brain.Fortunately this condition is rare. You can certainly wait another 2 weeks before taking your baby back to the clinic for the next measurement of his head circumference.

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