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Audrey had her 9mo. appt, and I have a growth question?

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January 12th, 2011, 03:39 PM
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Audrey had her appt today, and she weighs 22.6lbs, and is 29in. long.. She has steadied down on her weight gain, because in october she was 19lbs, in november was 21lbs.. And she has grown 3in. since october..

Anyway, her head is small. It always has been.. Even when I was pregnant, I had US's done and her head was like in the 10th percentile.. At her last appt, her head was in the 10th as well, but this appt, it went down to the 4/5th.. I thought maybe at first it was because her head was flat, but it has gotten ALOT better.. Her head doesn't LOOK small, and she is developing great....I remember though when she was a newborn to about 2 months her head was very proportioned to her body.. unlike most newborn/young infants who's heads are significantly bigger than their bodies..

I asked the doctor about it...and she assured me that it was okay since Audrey is developing okay (great, actually, in my opinion) but she measured my head, and DH's head just to get an idea.. but she really didn't say anything after she measured our heads.. But our heads were only a few cm's difference in circumfrence..

so.. honestly, do you think I should worry about this? Like, right now, I know she's growing okay, but what if it becomes a problem later on because we didn't do something? When the nurse first measured her head, and I noticed how low the percentile was, The nurse said they worry about a condition (I forgot the name) where the heads are smaller and the bones start to fuse together prematurely preventing the brain from expanding the way it should as a child grows.. but she did say that because of Audrey's development (again) that it was okay...

What are your opinions?
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January 12th, 2011, 04:12 PM
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oh and to top it off, i'm really annoyed because my MIL in thinks that i'm being stupid.. I was trying to talk to my DH about it, and he thinks if I want a second opinion, I should go get one, she thinks that its stupid, and she's fine.. but like, what if later down the road it ISNT fine? I just have a feeling its not right, since she's so big everywhere else!
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January 12th, 2011, 04:20 PM
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I don't really know alot about head growth, I know that at R's 9 month appointment her head was in a lower percentile curve than the previous time but the Dr wasn't concerned. But I say if you feel something isn't right then definitely go get a second opinion!! R's head was flat too...I started mentioning it at her 2 month appointment and her pedi said it would fix itself, when it still hadn't and (in my head anyways) was getting worse at her 6 month appointment I asked for a referral to a specialist. She put my mind at ease and I was so happy I went! Even if you go get a second opinion and that's all they do, just make you feel better, I feel it is totally worth it. Oh, and she's your baby, not your MIL's, so YOU do what YOU want too! GL!
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January 12th, 2011, 04:51 PM
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I think if you are concerned then you should talk to the doctor more about it to try to ease your mind.

In general though if she's always been on the low side for head size then it's probably not an issue. Most babies do start dropping percentiles as they get bigger. Lily was in the 70s for head size until 9 months and then dropped to the 40s and her pedi wasn't concerned. I know Vi has dropped as well.

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