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Why Are Babies Heads So Large In Proportion To Their Body Sizes
My pediatrician said my babies head is big. She's 7 months. Her body is small. Underweight. She is aware and reflexes are great. She is aware Family has big heads. She eats well too. I am just concerned.
It happens: A common reason for a big head is heredity & I often measure parents heads in the office. But in babies we follow many such areas with concern because a big head could mean big problems too. In a kid with under nutrition the head would tend to grow normally while the body remains small. Sounds like the doc is doing their job. ...Read more
Babies: Babies have poor temperature regulation and cn feel cool ...Read more
Left side large mass under rib cage area. When I lay on my right side I feel it. Almost like a babies head or butt! Help!
23w5d ultrasound babies head measures 22 weeks and the rest of the body measured normal. Should I be worried. My doctor said brain anatomy was WNL
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
10 week old baby length and weight both 85th percentile. Head circumference 95th percentile. Does this mean he has a big head in proportion to body?
Not really: I don't consider that difference worth anything more than noting. Big babies are big all over and this falls within the normal variation of such measurements. If the kid was 50% weight/length and 95% head, I would just measure the parents head to see where baby inherited it from. There are other issues to consider with a big head, but not from the reported info. ...Read more
Harlequin ichthyosis: Child born with thick plates of stratum corneum separated by deep cracks and fissures. Eclabium, ectropion and absence of rudimentary ears. Usually die shortly after birth but there are a few survivors into their 20s. Additional congenital defects have been found in some cases. Intensive nursing and medical care is needed. Aressive, frameshift mutatuion chromosome 2q35 lipid transporter protein defe. ...Read more
Normal: This hair is called lanugo and should fall off within a few weeks. ...Read more
4yo diagnosed w HFMD 1/20, still has it. How long does it take to leave the body & a full recovery;also has ear infection as of 1/30 & 10wk infant in hm?
Unusual: But sometimes the virus can take 2-3 weeks to clear and now he has a secondary infection set up by HFMD. Don't worry about the baby, as the ear infection is not contagious. Also the HFMD is probably not contagious at this point. Still would have 4 yo avoid touching baby until all mouth lesions are healed ...Read more
Too heavy: The head is heavy and little babies (0-4 months) do not yet have strong enough neck muscles to control it so it sort of falls to one side. Gets better by 4 months. Older babies often do things because they figured out they can. ...Read more
Stages: Baby heads can get pretty pointy during birth--but generally look much better even after as little as 24 - 48 hours. Some babies develop flat spots or other deformities over time related to sleep position, and sometimes to other problems like torticollis, or sometimes rare conditions. Depending on your baby's age, it might be a good idea to discuss this with your pediatrician and have an exam. ...Read more
Family trend?: Small heads can be a normal family trait. So can large heads. Head growth is a measure of brain growth, but is not a measure of brain function. Some babies have smaller heads but are very smart and healthy. Your pediatrician will carefully monitor growth and development. Any problems can be dealt with in an appropriate manner. ...Read more
Many issues: I think muscle, bone or visual. A kid may have a transient spasm in the trapezious (neck) muscle that may persist if not treated with therapy. There are some kids born with fusion of some neck vertebrae that have a permanent tilt. Some kids will voluntarily tilt their head because one of the eye muscles is out of balance & they see better that way. ...Read more
Head banging: Is a bad sign. Get the baby checked. ...Read more
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How long it takes for babies head to round about? Her right head looks popping out and left little inside and flat at the back.
The back of my head is flat & I know with babies u can treat it - prob not with older ppl but does it affect my intelligence & how I think?
Maybe/no: Reshaping a skull for a young adult would require major surgery where they remove/reshape your skull bones and re-insert them. This would also include extensive time in an ICU after surgery & a variety of risks. The flat backside of your head has no effect on intelligence or how you think. It is easy to find fault with yourself at 16, but likely not evident t others. Hair covers well. You can thrive ...Read more
Went to docs and she said baby is in permanent head down position. And won't be flipping any more. How do babies end up bottom down then sometimes?
A small number of babies will settle botton down in the birst canal (calledd "breech" deliveries. Usually these pregnancies are now handled by C Section!
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He needs head images: In children less than two years of age, even minor head trauma can be complicated by skull fractures and intracranial injury. If you have an infant less than 12 months of age, that fell 2 feet in to a hard surface, he should be taken in to be seen by his pediatrician or to the er for imaging of his head as soon as possible. ...Read more
Tummy time: Tummy time is the answer for most of these things especially if the flattening is symmetrical and on the back of the head. However see your doctor before we make those types of assumptions, he may have a little bit of trouble turning his head in both directions all the way. These are usually mild problems and stretching resolves it along with tummy time. ...Read more
Plagiocephaly: Infant skulls are soft often flatten. The odd shape is called plagiocephaly. It can reverse by making him sleep on his back, alternate the head to right then left, place your baby on his stomach while awake and in an infant chair when appropriate to reduce the pressure on the skull. Also often the neck muscles get stiff. If your infant is stiff, then rotate the neck gently and hold 5 to 10 sec ...Read more
My infant's head flops back sometimes when I pick her up. I know to support her head, but is this cause for concern?
Yes: Some babies develop a flattened head (positional plagiocephaly) due to spending a lot of time on their backs. The soft bones of the scalp facilitate brain growth during the first year and can be molded during this time. Make sure to rotate sleeping positions and give your baby supervised tummy time while awake. ...Read more
May be normal: Baby's skin is very thin and thus veins can be obvious. Veins are normally greenish. If the "veins" you mentioned are of different color, your friendly pediatrician maybe able to help you. ...Read more
Get an x-ray: If the head shape has not normalized by 3 months of age, skull x-rays should be taken to be certain that all of the separations ("sutures") between the skull bones are open. If they are open, the baby might be referred for evaluation for a skull molding helmet. If there is a question about the bones of the skull, a ct scan may be ordered to clarify the situation. ...Read more
Relative study: His rating means that 10% of infants at this age have a larger head circumference (size) while 90% are smaller. If the size has increased from 25-50-75-90% over several months it would suggest growth was too rapid. If usually in that range, it just means the kid has a big head. It hasn't bothered me any, except for having trouble finding a helmet/hat that would fit.. ...Read more