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Should I be worry if my 12 month olds head is bigger than others?

I have a 12 month old son. Every time I take him for a well baby check the doctor tells me that my son's head is "off the charts". I ask them what to do about this and they say that they will just continue to monitor it. He has met all of his milestones right on time or earlier. He is a very happy child. I just dread going to the doctor because they make such a big deal about his large head but don't seem to want to do any tests to make sure he is OK. I am just nervous that something might be wrong and we are not fixing it. Should I push the doctor's to do some testing or should I just continue to wait and see? Does anyone else have a child with the same issue?

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Thanks so much to all who replied to my message. It helps to know that I am not alone, and so many other parents have children with " off the charts" heads. We have an appointment with the doctor, I am going to be honest with her and tell her that she cuses me alot of anxiety when she makes such a big deal about his head, and that it makes me vey upset. She probably doesn't realize how much her comments upset me and cause me stress. I am also going to ask her to measure mine and my husband's heads, I have a feeling we both have large heads, I guess I just never noticed before! Thaks so much for all of your advice.

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Don't worry, I was always told the same thing, "wow his head is off the charts". My son eventually grew into his head, and now is a perfect.

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Hi L.! The next time your doctor worries you into a frenzy, prepare yourself with a smart statement that will not only let him/her know that what they're saying is upsetting you unnecessarily but also that high intelligence runs in your family.

My 12 month old son has a big head too, just like his dad who IS a genius (a give and take situation, as far as I'm concerned. ;-D He likes to say, "Big grape, bigger brain than you" to anyone who gives him a hard time about his big head.

If the doctor only said your son has a big head and nothing else, then there is nothing to worry about. Dumb doctors. When will they understand that that there are some things you don't say to a concerned mother? I know they spend a lifetime in school but seriously, some are just idiots.

Don't worry until you need to!

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My daughter has a large head also which is off the charts but the doctor doesn't seem to make it a large concern. I don't believe there is anything wrong with your child unless there are developmental issues.

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James, my daughter's cousin, had a head so large as an infant that it impeded him crawling (very heavy!), and was always commented upon. His parents worried, but the doctor did not, other than remarking upon the 'off the charts' size.
Now, at six, James is beautiful, very tall, very smart, and in no way out of proportion. He's growing out of size 7 clothes, and reading very well - a sweet and lovely boy.
I would not worry a BIT, if the doctor doesn't think there is anything to test for.
I'd attach a photo if I could figure out how to do it. . .

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Hello L., You not alone on this..My parents adopted a little boy who's head is bigger than normal.( They got him at 2 weeks old) People would see him and comment on the size of his head even the dotors.My mom has always had a hard time getting shirts on him..But I have notice that now that he is 19 months old his body is starting to catch up..Either that or his head has stopped growing for now. The good thing is that your little one is right on when it comes to the milestones. Little Levi is not. He walks and stuff but he seems to be delayed when it comes to being able to communicateing. The only thing is that the doctor has asked for him to be tested threw Inland Regional Center.
I hope this helps.

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My DS has always measured in the 95th percentile for head size (and under 10th for height and weight) As long as his head stayed growing at the same rate the doctor wasn't worried and just fifures he has a big head. They did monitor it (by measuring it every week) for about a month when he was about 6 months old bur it hsdn't even been brought up since. Good luck to you. My son hit most milestones early. We just figure he's going to be an evil genious - short and skinny with a giant head. LOL

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well when i hear "large head" i think, hydrocephalus, that's a condition i was born with. however, if there are no other signs like being listless or problems with coordination or anything like that, then they must not see that as a possibility. Maybe you could at least ask if they could do a CT scan to find out for sure.

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I think you should only be concerned about head size if it grows a lot over a short period of time. Your doctor probably isn't concerned because there are no other warning signs. And, although they say head/brain size has nothing to do with intelligence, I think it does because my daughter is really smart and is in the 95th percentile of head size. But again, talk to your pediatrician and ask him what it could be if there were something wrong, but only if you think knowing would help- I know some moms it would only make more paranoyed.

With all due respect to moms who say "force the doctor to give your child a cat scan," I think there is a lot to be said for a mom's intuition, but some moms confuse worry with intuition. And forcing doctors to do very expensive and unnecessary tests is part of what is wrong with our health system- doctors give in because it's easier than arguing with you, the insurance company pays for more unnecessary tests, the insurance company charges more... and so on. Anyway, leave it to me to make a mountain out of a mole hill.

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My twin boys both have large heads-- big enough to have their own "head size" charts. My Dr also wanted to monitor it-- but before getting too concerned she measured both my husband and me. It turns out we all have large heads-- it just kind of runs in the family. I would ask them to measure you and your husband. It isn't usually something to really worry about unless it is continually getting bigger not in relation to the rest of his body-- OR if he has developmental delays.

As a side note-- a lot of actors/actresses have big heads for their frame. I guess it looks better on camera.

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My oldest daughter's head was disproportionatly large for the first few years of her life. Also off the charts as they say. But she grew into it.(she is currently 4 years old)

My vote is - as long as everything else is OK - don't worry about it.

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When my daughter was born her head was off the charts. She was 10 pounds and she was over the 100% mark on everything for a long time. It has alll settled into place now, and there haven't been any issues of any kind. No testing was ever done. She was just a big baby.

Hope that helps. Good luck,
T. Cota
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Go with your instinct and push it if you feel like you need to. My 6 month old just had surgery to correct craniosynostosis / sagittal synostosis -- where the soft spot/futures fuse together and the result/signs are a big or abnormal size/shape. Our pediatrician sent us to a neurosurgeon at 2 months--that would be the next person to see if you're worried about his head being too big and something wrong--he would know if it's okay or not. Again, follow your gut--it's better to be safe than sorry! Good luck! Email me if you have any more questions!

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Hi L.,

Chances are he's OK but to ease your mind, I'd have him seen by some kind of specialist (maybe pediatric neurologist). Usually, if there's a problem, there are other symptoms, too, like bulging eyes that look down. So, if he looks completely normal except with a big head, it may just be genetics and he'll probably grow into it.

V.

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I wouldn't worry too much. If the doctors were really concerned, they would have had tests run by now. My son also had a large noggin (he's now three and has somewhat grown into it) that has always been off the charts, but my pediatrician always says that it just means he's got a lot of brains in there! I tend to agree since my boy is one smart cookie and is very developmentally advanced for his age. So if this is something that is stressing you out when you go to the doctor's office, perhaps you should look into going to another doctor/office where they will not make you feel insecure. We moms have enough to deal with - we don't need extra angst from our doctor's, right? Or, if you'd prefer not to change doctors, don't be shy about coming right out and saying that it's making you uncomfortable that they focus on his head size so much, and unless it's something that is a cause for concern (ie. should you have tests run?), they should make a conscious effort to put their attention elsewhere. And then smother your son's big BEAUTIFUL head with lots of kisses :)

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It sounds like your doctor has a poor "bedside manner;" in other words, he's just not communicating with you very well and doesn't seem to understand that his comments are causing you anxiety. If you are worried, definitely ask specific questions (what causes the big head, what could be the possible concerns, at what point do we worry?) and if you're still not satisfied with the answer, seek a second opinion. A big part of what makes a doctor good is the ability to communicate clearly with his/her patients and put them at ease. It doesn't sound like he's doing that. It might be time to find a different doctor. You have the right to have a pediatrician or family doctor whom you have a good relationship with.

The other thing is, you should do your homework. Check webmd or other online medical or parenting sites (Babycenter.com has lots of resources) to find out more about big heads. Find out if it's genetic and if so, talk to your parents and your husband's parents to see if someone else in the family had a larger head at birth. And in the meantime, trust your instinct. If your baby is hitting all his developmental milestones, as it sounds like he is, he's probably fine. Hmm, maybe he's just growing a big brain!

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Dear L.,

My son had a similar head. He never crawled. All my friends
that had babies were (oddly enough)of a close age to mine.
When I asked the Doctor why he wasn't crawling llike other
babies, he said,"His arms are not strong enough to carry his big head!"
Then when he was just a little past 9 months, he got to the coffee table--and wallked! Kinda early Huh??
He is going to be 26 in June. And, a more well proportioned
young man you'd never find!

If you aren't sure, take him for a second opinion--to another doctor.
Good Luck, and enjoy your baby!!
C. S.

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Hi L.,

My son was also "Off the charts". He was a six and a half week premie and his head was STILL above the top of the chart! His doctor told us the same thing and was concerned about the possibility (NOT a strong one!) of hydrocephaly ("Water on the brain"). As long as his head size is staying consistent there's probably nothing to worry about and nothing to test for. I would suggest that you tell your doctor he/she is stressing you out when they say things like that though.

Believe it or not, it's become a running joke between us and our pediatrician. :>) It wasn't until his second birthday that he was even on the chart in head circumference. At that point, the doctor came in (the nurse had taken the measurements) and told us, "He's 75th percentile in height. He's 50th percentile in weight and he head is actually ON THE CHART!" It was 97th percentile at that point. At his four year check she came in and told us his height and weight percentiles and said, with a smile, that his head was "Normalish". :>)

As I said, I WOULD tell your doctor how you're feeling about the situation but odds are that you've just got a boy with a lot of brains in there.

Best to you.

M., Mama of a wonderful large-headed boy

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Hi L.,
My daughter also has a large head. I know what you mean about the doctor making a big fuss about her head being too big for their charts. Everytime we took her to the doctor he would measure and then would make a comment on how her head was so big and then would ask me if she was doing all the other normal things. She was just going to turn 1yr and she was late in starting to walk. So when he would suggest why she wasn't walking yet it made me nervouse that something was wrong with her. He had us get some xrays done of her head, after he looked at those he still couldn't tell if she had water. So he recommend we take her to a neurologist. We took her in and the the doctor did tests and asked questions on her development. After the whole ordeal he let us know that she was about 6 months ahead of her development stage, she has alot of brain activity and that is very good. He was actually surprised to see such a young child with so much activity. His other conclusion was that she got her big head from me. He said Hispanics are prone to big heads, so they really don't coinside with their medical charts. He measured my head and yup, I was off the chart for my chart development. So maybe when you take him to his doctor again you should ask the dr. if it would be a good idea to take him to a neurologist, just to put your mind at ease. My daughter is now 2yrs and is a very happy and active child. Good luck and I am sure everything is okay.....God Bless.....let us know what happens.

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Don't worry, I was always told the same thing, "wow his head is off the charts". My son eventually grew into his head, and now is a perfect.

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Well, my son Ian, turned 3 in Feb., and he has always had a large head. Actually, when they measured his head when I was 5 mos. pregnant, they said I must be farther along than they thought, although I told them I knew it wasn't possible.
At every exam, his Dr. says, his head is larger than most, but it always has been, so there is nothing to worry about. My son is developmentally on cue with his age, and infact, knows his ABC's, is good at counting, and colors/shapes etc...
Ian's always had a big head, and he's always been a normal boy, so, if you son is not displaying any out of the ordinary behaviors, he's probably just a big headed kid like mine.

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My daughter was born 9 weeks premature with a congenital intra-ventricular hemorrhage (IVH), a risk of prematurity. It developed into hydrocephalus, one of the symptoms of which is a disproportionally large head. After several months of hoping for a turn-around, and then trying alternative therapies, it finally was resolved with surgery to install a shunt. The next year was spent with regular doctor's visits to have her head measured. When the head started growing faster than the rest of her body, the doctor confirmed with an MRI that the shunt had stopped working and needed to be replaced with another surgery. Thank God, all has been well since then [knock on wood], and even though she had developmental delays in her first 2 years, she is now a teenage straight-A student, living an active life with no restrictions.
I believe your doctor's cautious approach is appropriate. You said your son has met all his milestones and is happy, so he doesn't seem to have the other symptoms of hydrocephalus that show up after the baby's skull has fused. And if his head is growing at the same rate as his body, he may just have a bigger brain. But his pediatrician is right to monitor, so they could catch it in time. If you wanted a second opinion, a pediatric neurosurgeon would be your specialist, and a CAT scan or MRI would show pictures.
I hope that all remains well with your child.

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I agree wholeheartedly with Susan. Your doctor probably has no idea how upsetting his comments are. I work in theatrical wardrobe and you would be amazed at how big some people's heads are. (It is often measured for hats and unless you are taking measurements, you wouldn't notice.) We are all different. These things are measured and watched in a child's development. I wouldn't be alarmed as long as the doctor isn't. It is, however, important for you to feel comfortable going to your doctor and being able to question him about anything that bothers you.

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My son has a big head too. The doctor first pointed it out in the ultrasound when I was pregnant (his twin sister has a "normal" sized head.) It is a little disconcerting to hear a doctor tell you that your kids' head is huge, but if they aren't indicating that it is an issue, then I would not worry.... he will grow into it over time (for the most part - my husband has a rather large head too. Some people just have bigger heads than others. It just means he will wear adult size sunglasses and hats sooner. (My son's head is the same size as mine. -- he is 4 now.) He is also REALLY smart though, so we joke that that is why.

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If you're freaked out take your child to a neurologist for a consult. If you're near the San Fernanado Valley, Dr. Andrea Morrison is outstanding. You're the mom, and if ou're gut tells you that this needs furthr investigation do it. You're right, if there's an issue why wait?

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My brother had a very large head when he was a baby. His body grew to match his head and he is now a philospher professor. I think as long as your son is developing correctly, not to worry.

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We had this issue with both of my kids (now 6 & 4 1/2). With our first one, it worried us a little, but by the second one, we were like "this one too?" Our pediatrician just double/triple checked the measurements so that at the next visit, they could accurately track the head growth. As long as it doesn't grow too fast, then it's fine...I wouldn't worry too much. :)

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It is totally normal for babies to have big heads (unless it is water on the brain). I come from a family that has deceiving large heads. They used to do the same exact thing to my mom regarding my brother's head (his was the largest). His head was off the charts. They used to make such a big deal about it and it drove my mom nuts! For good reason. My brother grew into his head as well as the rest of us! Trust me. He is a good looking guy.

My boys also have large heads but I have not experienced the doctors rude remarks. They once mentioned my sons head was off the charts but they are so low key at our doctors office. The older they get the less big their heads seem.

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Dear L.,
I agree with Janice H.
Your baby will probably be a genius! Don't worry a bit. Einstein had a big brain and so does my genius step father. He has a big wide head, (just like A.E.) and he is a world class mind.
I know it is controversial to say there is a relationship between brain size and intellectual capacity-but I think it's likely true.
Enjoy your baby! I think you have some surprises on the horizon!
XO
M.

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My son was born with a big head and my doctor sent us to a specialist who ran all kinds of tests on him. They said that his (I forget what they call them) channels in his head were too far apart but they wanted to wait and see. I was horrified and went crying to my mother who informed me that me and my brothers (4 of them) were all born with really big heads. She was right and when my son was 5 they tested him for the GATE program because he was a genius!!!! Check your family and his father's family history, maybe it's in your family too. The upside is his body did catch up to his head and he is a healthy 32 year man with 5 kids with big heads too.

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Hi L.,
I'm sorry your son's doctor is worrying you. They did that to me through my whole pregnancy and nothing was ever wrong. I know other babies heads that are larger and they are perfectly fine. My husband has a large head and he is quite intelligent and very handsome.
If the pediatrician comments again I would very firmly tell him that this is upsetting to you and you want to know if this could be anything concerning, if not to please quit mentioning it.
Good luck and don't worry about what this pediatrician is saying unless he says there is a concern. These doctors can be so calloused when it comes to dealing with human emotion.
S. G.

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our pediatrician always tracked length, weight and head size - it's standard to check it so don't be worried about the fact that they're checking and keeping track. Both of my girls had large heads - my oldest was (and probably still is) "off the charts" and her pediatrician's somewhat joking explanation was "lots of brains" She actually is highly intelligent so maybe there is something to it? Definitely ask if there may be a problem, but since he's developing normally and is happy - it's probably fine.

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There have been scientific studies done which linked head size around 6 months to autism, and likely your doctor is "monitoring" to see if any symptoms of autism appear. I have a son with autism, and he was never normal. It was obvious for many reasons, none of them his appearance. If your child acts normally, he probably is!

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Does your doctor seem concerned about it?
Is his "head" growth in proportion to his weight/length and other growth patterns?

Being "off the charts" is not necessarily something "wrong"... maybe he is just a big baby???

My friend, has a baby girl that is off the charts in terms of length... she is over the 100th percentile even. But she's normal.

If it bothers you... ask specifically what a big head size "means." If it doesn't mean anything medically....then that's good. Then, if your doctor and his office still make comments about his head size... politely say that is makes you feel uncomfortable and self-conscious. They should respect that. Sometimes, people, even professionals, don't realize it makes others uncomfortable.

Also ask the Doctor...why is he "monitoring" your baby's head size? He must have a reason?

If anything, get a second opinion.
Take care and all the best,
~Susan

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Trust your instincts and ask to be referred to a pediatric neurologist. Not to scare and worry you but my son had a big head and met all of his milestones for the first 2 years of his life. (He was also above the 100th percentile for height/weight/head size and still is - they "monitored" his head size and watched it stay large and said nothing).

However as he should have been progressing he started to slow down and show signs of developmental delays. To make a long story short, when he was 3 1/2 he was diagnosed with hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain) and had to have brain surgery and now has a shunt for the rest of his life. In fact, hydrocephalus is a chronic-life threatening condition.

Please make sure you understand that this is not what I think your child has. But please understand that I didn't trust my instincts that something wasn't quite right and I will forever regret not taking action sooner. If you are anxious about it every time you go to the doctor; it's your instinct telling you to get more information.
Best of luck,
M.

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My daughter (now 21 months) had the same issue. Everytime I took her in, her head was "off the charts" big. I expected her to be a big baby because my husband is 6'7" but the doctors scared me too. When I would joke about her big head, the doctor would not, and just say," We'll monitor it." I finally pushed him to tell me what the potential problem was: apparently, a large head COULD be a sign of water on the brain. When he told me that, I freaked out, of couse. Like your child, my daughter was hitting all of her milestones and doing just fine.
By the time my daughter turned 15 months, her head was back on the charts (95th percentile)and she's just fine. I got scared for nothing. She's now coming up on two and she's intelligent and coordinated, etc.
I worried for nothing! Apparently, if a child has water on the brain, there are some pretty clear symptoms. If your child seems fine, chances are he IS fine, just like mine turned out to be:)
I hope this didn't scare you, but, rather, resassured you that, just because a baby's body doesn't grow exactly proportional at all times, doesn't mean something is wrong:)

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hi L.,
Good for you to bring this to mamasource. Getting peace of mind is so important as a mom and i am THRILLED to have found this site myself!
I hope this helps a little bit:
Since we grow cephacaudically (sp??) which means head to tail, our heads, as humans, will be larger, porportionately, than our bodies, until the age of 3 or so. (Charts are there to track normal development, and if your son has always been off of them, then maybe that is just normal for him)
In this case, since it's "off the charts" and causing you concern, i think you should absolutely follow your gut.
But if nothing comes back and your little one is "normal", then just know that as humans, our bodies take a while to catch up to our heads and that is why kids fall so much because learning to walk is tough, BUT, having big melons when we are little can cause difficulty being able to balance, so naturally, we stumble and fall more because of it.
Hope that helps a little bit.
Good luck with your little one!
:)
S.

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Dear L.,
You are mom if you feel concerned about this have the doctor's run a Cat scan on your son to make sure that everything inside is head is perfect. Push the doctor's if you are worried about it. My doctor told me that my daughter head was fine at 2 weeks but I felt something was wrong and at two months her dr wanted to run test because her head was to small. If you want answers make them run a cat scan, it would hurt him and it will make you feel better. I will be praying for you. God bless.

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They see babies all the time, it's probably fine...My son has a huge head as well...always measured so high in the head circumfrance, but not so much in the height and weight. Take a look at the heads in yours and your husbands family...anyone have trouble finding hats that fit? Once we're adults we tend not to notice "big heads" versus "small" ones, but I know in our family, we both have big heads...so our son does too! I'm just happy he didn't when I pushed him out! And, as he's grown (he's almost three), it's really less noticeable. The hardest thing, really is finding him hats. Most toddler ones are size 2-5 or 3-5 and those are generally too small for him.

Should be fine...

-M

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Hi L.- Chances are there is nothing to worry about. My daughter was always "off the charts" on head size and above average on weight and height. They were concerned until they measured both my husband and his mom's head- they were "off the charts" as well. It can just be hereditary, and in that case, you can beleive what my husband always tells me, and that is that he just has a larger brain!! :) Good Luck!

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L.,

My 2 year old has an "off the charts" head. He even had a CAT Scan to be sure there was no water on the brain. He's fine, but he does seem to have a bruise on the front of his head regularly - I think because it's heavy and hard to stop on a fall.

At his 2 year old well visit the Ped said he's fine - no worries.

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They said the same thing about my daughter & she grew into her head just fine! Don't worry!

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The same thing happened to my nephew. He will be 2 years old in June. His head was "off the charts" as well probably for the first year - maybe a little longer. Now his head measurements are w/in the curve :) (still on the high end though!) The pediatrician just monitored him as well. Now it seems like his body is catching up to his head :) I'm sure your pediatrician would conduct further testing if this was abnormal. But I would definitely express your concerns if you have them and ask your doctor at what point do they conduct further tests. Congrats on your new baby girl in June!

Mom of a wonderful 8 month old girl, Auntie to a great 2 year old nephew (and soon to be Auntie to twins in November :)

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Both my boys had larger heads. They were also quite large otherwise - but heads were usually in the 90% while the rest of them were in the 80% ranges. They grow into them really. If there is a problem it will show itself in some form...& since your son has progressed normally or faster than normal thus far, I would not be concerned. Sometimes Dr's are just callous & uncaring. We let them bully us a lot & I dislike that very much. When they mention it again, don't let them get away with it...how is that relative? In relation to the rest of his percentages etc..He is learning and developing along with all the books you have read etc...So what is he eluding to?? Meanwhile, enjoy your handsome boy! God Bless!

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I have 2 large head boys! Needless to say the second was born c-section for obvious reasons! The doctors monitored my oldest closely for the first two years, including, EEGs, CTscans, MRI etc. FOund nothing unusual...normal size brain, extra cranial fluid (not a big deal). The doctors are not at all concerned with son#2, they just assume it runs in the family. And like your my sons' heads were NEVER on the charts, the oldest at 6yrs is still off the charts! I do understand how you feel, hopefully it's genetics! My husband's head apparently is large, though I never noticed before I had children. Good Luck!

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Don't worry L....I'm sure he'll grow into it. I went through the same thing with my son when he was a baby. He's now 12 & just fine.
When I was in labor with my son (after 12 hours!) my doctor was doing an exam & found that his arm was up over his head & said that she needed to do a c-section. (oh what fun!! lol) Then when they took him out she said "wow, you wouldn't have been able to push that big head out anyways!!" LOL

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My son was in the bottom 5th percentile for everything until he was 5 years old. My daughter is in the 90th percentile for head size. Both are fine.
Unless you notice any other "symptoms", trust your doctor. Our doctor comments on our daughters head size but always says when I act concerned that her brain is just growing fast and we have a smart kid. Plus my husband has a HUGE noggin so after every appointment, I get to razz him about his head size :) My friend has two boys with huge heads which is funny because she is outright tiny.
Honestly, again unless he isn't hitting milestones, his development is delayed or there is some other issue, why put your son through unnecessary testing? The charts are there as guidelines for normal growth and if your child isn't on it or on the high or low end of it, doesn't mean your child isn't normal. It's just a general guideline and then they can examine other things IF they feel it's needed.

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I see you have had MANY responses to this. Probably becasue there are ALOT of children out there with off the chart heads. My two girls were born off the charts and still continue to be at 4 and 1 years old. My four year old was running by the time she was 9 months old and could say almost 20 words by her first birthday so I of course belive the big head is to hold all the extra brain :)! So don't worry. Hope this makes you feel better. Take care.

L., you need to get a second opinion from another doctor.

My daughter, who is now 13, was in the 90th percentile as a child. Unfortunately, some of these answers are "fluff" and ignore the reality. Her head is still large for her body and even her friends make fun of her and boys joke about her. I wish that there was something we could do but there is no plastic surgery for this problem.

I would look into to it. When my niece was born the doctors said her head measured big for her body. A couple of years went by and they said the same thing nothing ever came of it. Well she started having headaches all the time and vomiting and still they never did anything. My sister thought she would grow into it, but she didn't. They finally did some blood work and nothing came up. When she moved another doctor ran some tests and found a tumor. It ended being cancer. She had it removed but it came back. Well to make a long story short we lost her a year after being diagnosed. It was to late. So Not to try to scare you I would look into a little bit more and hopefully your baby just has a big head they will grow into

My son who is six and a half years old now was also born with a large head. For the first few months our doctor just kept recording his head growth. By about six months, he referred us to a neurologist for further testing and monitoring. My son had a CT scan and all was normal. The neurologist suggested to continue further monitoring of his head growth every six months. Each time we went to the neurologist, his head growth was still above the normal "line" for his age, weight, etc. Our son had another CT scan when he was about 2. Everything was fine. We are still seeing the neurologist about every six months (our son is six and a half years old now) and everything has been fine. He is following the growth line now and not so much above it. When we initially started seeing the neurologist, he measured my head and my husband's and attributed the large head of our son to a familial head growth....meaning it is on my side of the family to have larger head sizes. Yeah, my husband got a laugh out of that one! Overall, we have been reassured by seeing a neurologist just to keep track of his progress. Some of our continued appointments have been because of our son having headaches....which are also hereditary. I would suggest continued monitoring of your son's head growth and if it made you feel better, ask for a referral to a neurologist just to have additional tests done. God bless.

I have a daughter who was in unusual size from birth. I wasn't gestationally diebetic and I'm not normally, yet everyone in the hospital thought I was because the birth of her was ten pounts and ten ounces. Her doctor now says that she doesn't weigh enough, and that her head isn't big enough. They want me to get her head x-rayed tomorrow, and I'm concerned that since my insurance is paid for the government (since no one seems to be hiring, round here) that they're just in it for the money. In the last six months, I've had four doctor visits for her, all requests at the doctor's "concern".

Both my sons had large heads off the charts .. My youngest a little larger than his brothers and dr said e wanted to check the size of his ventricles in his brain because of the size (even though his milestones were met on time) and turned out his lateral ventricles were mildy enlarged. So now we await an appointment with a pediatric neurologist .. I would request a ct scan or MRI early on. ( I work in the medical field in radiology by the way) .. Praying for the best outcome! He's my lil man and wouldn't trade him for the world!!! <3

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