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    Default Big jump in head circumference percentile

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    I'm very concerned about my almost 10 month old DD's head circumference, she has gone from 25th percentile to off the charts
    Developmentally she is progressing beautifully and right on track, no other symptoms of concern.
    I'm worried about hydrocephalus but her eyes and fontanelle are fine so I'm not sure what to think, but I'm just so worried about why her percentile is jumping up so rapidly
    Anyone else's baby have rapidly rising head circumference? What was the cause?

    Just to be clear it's not the size of her head that is the worry, it is the rapid rise in percentile, thanks -very worried mumma!

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    I had a similar problem. My DS's head circumference was always big (near the top) but one day it was off the charts. We went straight to the doctor. It turns out the maternal and child health nurse did the measurement wrong, and DS was still 'on the chart.' The doctor wasn't impressed.

    Anyway if your bubs eyes are fine that is a good sign.

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    So her weight and height didn't increase in percentiles?

    Fingers crossed it turns out to be nothing serious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wise Enough View Post
    So her weight and height didn't increase in percentiles?

    Fingers crossed it turns out to be nothing serious.
    Thanks for the reply.
    Length and weight have only slightly increased, and she is pretty chubby so her head is not that noticeable, but it just seems like such a huge acceleration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    I had a similar problem. My DS's head circumference was always big (near the top) but one day it was off the charts. We went straight to the doctor. It turns out the maternal and child health nurse did the measurement wrong, and DS was still 'on the chart.' The doctor wasn't impressed.

    Anyway if your bubs eyes are fine that is a good sign.
    Thank goodness it was just their mistake, its quite scary isnt it!
    No chance of that for my little unfortunately, i measured today at home and my gp confirmed

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    I recently had a dr measure my 6 month olds head and it has jumped off the charts

    The dr said to measure it monthly and if it grows more than 1 cm in three months I have to see the dr again.

    Not sure how I can stop his head growing

    We are a family of big heads though.

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    This happened to my DS. At 8 months he went for a check up, his head had grown a lot more than the rest of his body. The Mchn sent me to the doc, the doc sent me to the paed and the paed sent me straight to the hospital (all within 48 hours). She suspected hydrocephalus. We spent the day at the hospital and my DS had an ultrasound of the brain, all was ok. The paed at the hospital wasn't worried about him at all because he was clearly meeting his milestones.

    His head was measured again 6 weeks later it has only grown .5 cm.

    At his 12 month check his head was the same size, it hadn't grown at all! His body had! He's now back in proportion.

    Also, my head is on the 95th centile and I come from a big headed family.

    I was very stressed and upset though the whole ordeal. Op I hope your DD's head is just growing first and then her body will catch up.

    Please pm me and ask any questions.

    Good luck! ☺️


 

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