Hi, well i have a beautiful, smart, smiley 6 month old girl and i recently had my 6 month check with her. now i have always known that my baby's head was big, it had been pointed out to me before. it is a little flat at the back and from the top it looks long(she hates tummy time but then will do if her head is heavy). she is held alot and tummy time is encouraged. At my 6 month check my hv measured my babys head and her exact words were "thats ridiculous". her head is 48cm and is literally off the chart. she now wants me to ask my gp for a peadiatric referral. i understand why but i am reassured that my partner has a big head (although not the same shape, she has a prominent forehead)
has anyone else had experience of this. it has really upset me. i think it is what she said as she then went on to tell me that in her 10 years as a hv she has never had a baby so off the chart ( but she was on 98th at 2 weeks old and 99.6th at 6 weeks).
anyway sorry i'm babbling. i will ask gp for referral as i know that a hospital review will be the ultimate reassurance. has this happened to anyone else and what do the paediatricans do (in UK)? thanks
Hi my babies head grew a lot from when he was born my hv was worried we went to see a peadatrician and they did an ultrasound but everything was find just a big head. They said they wouldn't worry if mum or dad had a big head too but they measured our heads and then decided to do a scan. I panicked too when they told me and started googling which was a bad idea cause I spent all the time worrying about nothing
Thanks Clare. i agree google is not a good idea, i've done it of course and wished i hadn't. I googled all through preganany. i wish i could have it taken off my phone, lol
there will be a delay in referral as i intend to change my gp which my hv recommmends as mine is totally useless. i think i have worried about it all along and would like to know everything definitely okay. her dad definitely has a big head and my sister did when she was younger. its more her head shape that bothers me as its so different to everyone else in both families but guess it could come from way back. shes gorgeous though and is hitting milestones. i just hope she grows into it.
My second youngest's head was pretty much always off the chart and no-one batted an eyelid as big heads run in both mine and OHs family, his head was 55.5cm at the age of 3 and a half but it has dramatically slowed down now and he looks more normal! My youngest also jumped a couple of centiles in HC but it was checked by the GP who is also a paediatrician and she said judging by the family history and everything else about him being in check then it would be unlikely he'd need a referral, it was kept an eye on but he has followed the same line ever since even if it is towards the top of the chart. Xx
Leo has a big head too! It was measured when he was 7 months old at 49cm! Our HV isnt concerned at all because when he was born it was 37cm and on the 99.6th percentile I think... plus me and OH have both got big heads too! Dont let it worry you. He is definitely starting to look more in proportion than he used to though... I did panic a bit when he was 3 months old and wearing 6 month old hats but just laugh about it now! x x x
My little monkey at 4 weeks and now at 7.5 months...
aah thanks everyone. banababump your little one is gorgeous, thank you for sharing your photos. i am reassured that not all health professionals freak out when babies are not in the centile charts. sophie head was 35 at birth, i've only just looked what centile that is and its 75th so she had quite a big head at birth (that would explain the episiotomy then, ouch) and like i said she was in 99th centile at 6 weeks. i just wish hv had more tact. she also assumed my little one wasn't rolling over to front as well as shes also in 98th centile for weight and 91st for length (her dad is 6ft 5 and his brother is 6 ft 7). i wanted to say ha ha when i told her that actually she can roll over and has been doing it for a few weeks. aren't they annoying? her response was big babies tend to be lazy!!
thanks again everyone. i shall stop worrying, stop googling and take her to the gp
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