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Baby`s head small still at 27 weeks

01/20/2010

Question:

baby`s Head growing but still on the lower centile than ac and fl at 27 weeks measurements are 237.2mm. do you think this will be a problem

Answer:

Unfortunately I am not familiar with some of the abbreviations used in your question, specifically, ac and fl. In general, the size of the head, small, large, etc., is only part of what we look at. We want to know if the head is growing at a rate proportional to the rest of the body. There are exceptions to this with conditions such as microcephaly. Additional information on this condition is available at: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/microcephaly/microcephaly.htm

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Response by:

Sarah Sauntry, RN, MS, CPNP-PC
Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati