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Abnormal Head to leg growth ratio

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  • Posted By: Sachin
  • January 13, 2007
  • 11:12 PM


I have a query regarding growth of infant. My son is 5 months old.
During his all medical checkups so far, his growth rate was absolutely normal and doctor hadn't indicated about any abnormality in his growth. His activities are also very positive.

Very recently, we referred him to a new child specialist and doctor observed abnormal growth in his head size. As per the observation his head size is bigger than normal. And the body to leg ratio(which is 2.2) is also greater than the normal of 1.8.I'm not sure about the medical terminologies.

Can you please help me in this regard. What care should be taken? I have gone through various articles on the net but nothing concrete could be found out.


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  • Please make sure you have them check his measurements twice at your next visit...and get a copy of all of his measurements. I had a nurse check my baby girl's head circumference and she measured wrong - this is very common! Also, don't trust that their math is correct either. I wouldn't worry so much - is he eating normally? Are you breastfeeding? Is he peeing and pooping regularly and seems to be acting normally? Does his head indeed seem excessively large? Was the birth normal or was there trauma? Did they use vacuum or forceps? You have enough to worry about having a new baby - unless there are other signs I think all should be fine. A "normal" range in growth height and weight is very subjective. Wishing you well,Doctor of Oriental Medicine
    acuann 3,080 Replies
    • January 14, 2007
    • 02:25 AM
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  • Thanks for the quick acuann. Definitely, there can be a possibility of an error while measurement. I'll check it twice.He is absolutely normal with respect to his food habits, body movements,peeing & pooping etc. He is partially on breastfeeding and powder milk.One point about his birth history is his birth is not a natural delivery but cecesarean section.Doctor has suggested to observe him for 1 month and if at all required a sonography.Let me know if I can provide more information on this.
    Sachin 1 Replies
    • January 14, 2007
    • 04:15 AM
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  • hi, my daughter has a very large head (noticable to other people) and long legs/arms. looks like a beautiful little lightbulb! no abnormalities were found but she is a fragile x carrier. my nephew also is a carrier- with a head size that draws stares in public. the doctors said there should be no relation between our big headed babies and the fragile x, but they too are still learning. does your baby have any strange needs or dislikes? react differently to noise and lights? from another view- my daughter says she has a large head to hold her large brain, she is 7 with a very high iq and educational scores meeting a 13 year olds. maybe your baby is a little einstien in the making :) have you asked about hydrocephales though? or had a ct scan/mri to rule out any other problems?
    kamsae 88 Replies
    • January 14, 2007
    • 03:47 PM
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  • Hydrocephaly ("water on the brain") can cause the head to swell, but causes changes in behavior, so if you see any change in your child's behavior, make sure you see a doctor again. Personally, I think some people just have big heads, so don't be too worried.
    deadlysauce 67 Replies
    • January 14, 2007
    • 07:42 PM
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