The kid’s got a big head

A couple of weeks ago, I took Baby G to the doctor to get his shots, and ended up leaving totally freaked out.

After giving him his shots, the doctor went through the usual measuring and weighing ritual, finishing off with a head measurement. According to her measurements, his head had grown from 40.5 to 46.5 inches, causing a major spike in his growth chart. Moments after double- and triple-checking the measurement, she was on the horn to a pediatrician to see if she could get Baby G into an appointment right away due to fear he may have a tumor or hydrocephalus (water on the brain).

The pediatrician couldn’t take him right away, so we had to wait two weeks. Over that time, we worried and discussed the problem many times, but didn’t see any symptoms of the problem – he’s a bright, wide-eyed little bugger, who is coming along just fine in his development.

A couple of days ago, he went to the pediatrician and all is well, so far. His head hasn’t grown any more, and he motor reflexes are fine. He still has to go back in two months, which is a little disconcerting, but a few friends have told us they know of plenty of other babies that have had their heads monitored in the first year.

I know this is the just the beginning of the many scares we will get as people who are responsible for a little person, but it doesn’t make it any easier. In this case, I’m pretty sure he’s OK, it’s just unsettling to know these things could happen to you and your own.


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