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Doctor insights on: How Much Should A Childs Head Grow Each Month

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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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My 5 month old head grew 1.5cm in two months (3-5 mon). I read it should grow 1cm/mon.He was above 95th, now is a little below that. Is it a problem?

My 5 month old head grew 1.5cm in two months (3-5 mon). I read it should grow 1cm/mon.He was above 95th, now is a little below that. Is it a problem?

Growth: Everyone grows at their own rate and averages are about combining those differences. Also length is hard to measure accurately so it is more important that your baby is growing . Seems like he is growing well. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my child is 16 months old and has a head full of small puss fulled bumps what do I do?

Should i be concerned if my child is 16 months old and has a head full of small puss fulled bumps what do I do?

Have him seen: If they are really pus filled bumps tha can be infection and it would be best if you had him seen to see what he needs to improve. ...Read more

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My 8 year old son suffered from folliculitis. He now has had a patch in his head for the past 2 months. Will his hair ever grow back?

My 8 year old son suffered from folliculitis. He now has had a patch in his head for the past 2 months. Will his hair ever grow back?

Maybe: The hair bearing areas are tolerant to some localized disturbance & will often regrow hair after the inflammation settles down.If significant scarring occurs, it can leave a hairless patch. If bothersome to a kid as they grow older, the area can be cut out & the remaining scalp stretched & re-aligned to cover the defect. ...Read more