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Roughly how much does a child's head grow in circumfrance from month to month in the 1st year?

Roughly how much does a child's head grow in circumfrance from month to month in the 1st year?

See growth charts: For girls: http://www.Kidsgrowth.Com/resources/articledetail.Cfm?Id=671 for boys: http://www.Kidsgrowth.Com/resources/articledetail.Cfm?Id=672.

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Can a child with mild craniocynostosis that goes untreated grow up without any head deformaties?

Can a child with mild craniocynostosis that goes untreated grow up without any head deformaties?

Unlikely: The prematurely closed suture closes one of 17 growth centers that allow the skull to enlarge in proportion to brain growth.The un-closed sutures allow the growth, but force the skull into distorted shape.If you don't fix it, the skull will be deformed. There are some newer minimal intervention approaches that can help the mild cases. Check into all methods but the earlier the repair the better. ...Read more

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If a child is born with mild craniocynostosis that is not corrected, is it possible that they can grow up with no head deformaties?

If a child is born with mild craniocynostosis that is not corrected, is it possible that they can grow up with no head deformaties?

Maybe: You don't say what mild is or which bones are involved. It is possible that a mild deformity will be covered by hair. There are effective non-surgical treatments and the milder it is, the easier it should be to correct. ...Read more

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Does sagittal craniosynostosis have to be treated? What would happen if a minor case isn't treated? Would a child's head grow mostly normally?

Does sagittal craniosynostosis have to be treated? What would happen if a minor case isn't treated? Would a child's head grow mostly normally?

Abnormal head shape: Premature fusion of the sagittal suture would stop growth from that site. Since the growing brain would need more room, it would expand the skull in the direction open to growth.This produces an oblong skull with increased front to back dimension while the side to side remained narrow. True CS needs to be fixed surgically in infancy. ...Read more

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Does a child with mild sagittal synostosis automatically need surgery? if no surgery is taken and it is mild with the childs head grow mostly normal?

Does a child with mild sagittal synostosis automatically need surgery? if no surgery is taken and it is mild with the childs head grow mostly normal?

Scaphocephaly?: Establishment of a plan of care should be determined by a craniofacial team. Coordination of care is the duty of your pediatrician. Surgical intervention prevents hypertension in the cranial vault and improves cosmetic appearance. 3-D CT will allow for animation for reconstruction thus helping to determine the need & timing of surgery. Baby should be evaluated by an experienced CF team ASAP ...Read more

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Can a child with microcephaly have surgery to open up the skull and give the brain more room to grow to its normal size?

Can a child with microcephaly have surgery to open up the skull and give the brain more room to grow to its normal size?

Won't alter outcome: The skull is composed of many plates of bone separated by growth centers that "push away" from each other to allow the skull volume to increase.If the brain does not enlarge, there is no pressure to expand the skull.By 9-10 yrs the adult head size is reached & growth centers fuse.Skull surgery is done to open prematurely fused areas, it does not make the brain grow more than it would to begin with. ...Read more

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How can I stop my child from reaching stuff above her head?

How can I stop my child from reaching stuff above her head?

Move stuff farther: Children are naturally curious, so it is not possible to stop them from trying to reach for stuff above their heads. Therefore, the parents must move the stuff up so high that the kids won't even bother trying to reach the stuff. Also, remove any means by which the kids could climb up (climbing can be dangerous when a child falls). ...Read more

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What can I do about my child purposely banging his/her head?

What can I do about my child purposely banging his/her head?

Ignore the behavior: As long as your child is intellectually normal, ignoring the behavior is the fastest way to make it disappear. ...Read more

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Is there any relation between child nutrition and head growth?

Yes: Extreme malnutrition is the most common cause of growth retardation worldwide. When a child becomes malnourished, specially within the first 2 years of life, the first thing to go is weight gain, followed by length and ultimately head circumference. Incredible how your brain will be protected until the end! ...Read more