Does The Small Head Size Affect Brain Growth?

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Good Morning, my baby is now 10 months old, Since 7 months his head circumference is still 41.5 until now. My child’s head is also beautiful. Does the small head size affect the growth of the brain? How do I make the head size can be normal? Thank you

1 Answer:

Hello merylala,


Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

Generally, the size of the baby's head circumference can continue to increase as long as the fontanel (fontanel) has not closed. Typically, the rear fontanel (posterior fontanel) closes at 2 to 4 months, while the front fontanel (anterior fontanel) at 18 to 24 months. But indeed, the increase in head circumference of this baby will certainly differ in speed depending also on the age of the baby. Therefore, the increase in the baby's head circumference can seem inconspicuous along with increasing age.


The size of a baby's normal head circumference at 10 months can range from 41.5 to 47 cm. Therefore, if you glance at your information, your baby's head circumference is indeed relatively small when compared with normal benchmarks at his age. The shape of a baby's head that is peyang could have made the baby's head appear smaller when viewed from the side. However, when measured objectively, even if the baby with a peeked head does not necessarily shrink the head circumference.


The small circumference of your baby's head indirectly can indeed reflect the growth of the brain. Some types of diseases can also be related to this (microcephalus), for example brain hypoxia, infection in the womb, genetic defects (such as Down syndrome), severe malnutrition, exposure to dangerous metals or drugs, and so on.


However, this still needs to be reconfirmed by assessing other growth indicators, including your baby's weight and length. Therefore, we suggest, you do not worry too much. Try to check your baby's condition directly to the doctor or pediatrician so that you can do a deeper evaluation and be given the best treatment, ok


I hope this helps.

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