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If a baby has a rather large head, would it be possible for their body grow for their head size?

If a baby has a rather large head, would it be possible for their body grow for their head size?

Yes.: Weight varies with height. But head size has nothing to do with height or weight. So although it is possible that someone's body could grow to match their large head, there is no guarantee it will happen. Further, the percentage of your body length that is your head is about 30% at birth, but only 10% as an adult, so babies tend to have bigger heads than adults. ...Read more

Dr. Guillermo Philipps
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Macrocephaly (Definition)

Macrocephaly is also known as Enlarged head. An enlarged head is a clinical finding in which the head is larger than in ...Read more


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What causes an unusually large head?

What causes an unusually large head?

Genetics: There are by definition 3% of the normal adult population that are classified as having an over sized head & 3% that would be considered small. When i see it in a kid i usually find either mom or dad has one also. There are syndromes & birth defect (hydrocephalus) that can also produce a large head, but by far the largest group just inherited the feature. ...Read more

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Can a Thin Person have a Large Head , or does he need a smaller equal size head to adapt to his Body?

Can a Thin Person have a Large Head , or does he need a smaller equal size head to adapt to his Body?

Large head: Our head size is more influenced by genetics than it is by our body size. Although as kids we go through a stage of having big heads, later on body and head will seem more proportional. ...Read more

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I don't know what abnormally large head is but was embarassed to admit it. Can someone tell me?

I don't know what abnormally large head is but was embarassed to admit it. Can someone tell me?

Head size varies: There is a wide range of normal head size from ~18-24 inch circumferance in adult & by itself means nothing more than being very tall or short.One or both parents of an identified kid will often have a lg head size.In some kids increasing head size could represent an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the brain. ...Read more

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What could a large head measurement mean?

What could a large head measurement mean?

Depends on situation: For many, it means you have a genetically larger head size, as i do, making finding a hat that fits a bit difficult. For some infants, it can mean a build up of pressure within the skull caused by abnormal fluid flows within the brain, requiring a surgical procedure. ...Read more

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Is there any means of treating macrocephaly. Im 6ft 3" 24 years old and my head is 63cm in diameter. I've only noticed its size in the last 3 years. ?

Is there any means of treating macrocephaly. Im 6ft 3" 24 years old and my head is 63cm in diameter. I've only noticed its size in the last 3 years. ?

Other Sx ???: By definition you have a big head circumference. It is likely one of your parents do too. If you've lived this long and had no problems other than finding a hat that fits, ignore the issue & live your life knowing you fall in the top 3% in something. If you think the size is increasing, have unexplained headaches, etc. See your doc. You only beat me by 2 cm. ...Read more

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Macrocephaly/how large is the head?

Macrocephaly/how large is the head?

Macrocephaly: Macrocephaly is diagnosed when the circumference of the head is more than two standard deviations above average for the child's age, sex, race, and period of gestation and may be caused by many conditions. Macrocephaly would be the diagnosis if the ofc (occipito-frontal circumference) is >90%ile for his age and gestation. ...Read more

Dr. Walter Husar
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Large Head (Definition)

Large heads are a clinical finding often caused by a larger brain, fluid in the ...Read more