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My 6 month old granddaughter was just at her pediatrician's office for a checkup. This time the pediatrician said that her had was larger than it should be. She wanted to see her again in 1 month to measure again. A two months her head circumference was 39 cm. and at six months it was 45.8 cm. (I do not have the four month head circumference) Should I be as alarmed? The doctor said something about a CT scan. What do you think the problem is. Please let me know as soon as possible. Thank You.
    
One of the most important measurements done by a pediatrician in the first 36 months of life is the head circumference. As long as a child’s head circumference falls between the lower and upper curves of the head circumference chart and then follows along the path of the curves on the chart, then parents can be reassured that the child’s head is growing properly.

Where your granddaughter is located on the head circumference chart at a particular visit is not as important as the growth trend over a period of visits. Therefore, your granddaughter’s pediatrician is being cautious and wise by having a remeasurement made in one months time. If the baby’s head continues to fall above the “normal” values and becomes more abnormal with each visit, then further investigation is definitely needed.

 

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