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Is head circumference of 38.5 cm in an infant normal? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 06-Nov-2014
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User:Hello doctor...My son is 3months old, and I have query in respect to his head circumference
Doctor:Hello XXXX
User:His Head circumference is 38.5 cm
User:i am worried for his low HC...
User:one day before my delivery,sonography report shows 32.59 cm.I dont have readings noted at his birth
Doctor:Any history of premature delivery?
User:No , it was not premature delivery...
User:at 38 weeks...
Doctor:Ok but I guess it is normal, 37 to 43 is considered as normal
User:yes....even his pediatrician said samething....
Doctor:Any growth and developmental abnormalities other than HC
User:however, i was going through some internet studies which said, the low HC, means small HC would mean low IQ
User:No,not noted tillnow....his height is 60 cm.....and weight is 5.2 kg...his birth weight is 2.74 kg
Doctor:no it is not correct, we can not say now he has low IQ
Doctor:Low IQ depends upon various thing not only HC
Doctor:His weight and height every thing noraml
Doctor:better Do not think about it much
Doctor:Are you there?
User:ok....also, I had opted for getting cord blood stored in lifecell
Doctor:Moreover his HC in normal ranges ok
Doctor:Ok good
User:when they took my blood, and when I receive report, it showed CMV IgG as positive
User:i.e. reactive...
User:Would that mean that the herpes infection would have spread to my baby as well...
User:and that can be the reason for his low HC
Doctor:Yes, CMV can affect the baby
Doctor:But you need to worry until baby is active and all his para meters are normal
Doctor:I guess Your baby is not having any abnormalities so far
Doctor:Does he have any congenital abnormalities?
User:can i have any test to check this effect..
User:how i can check congenital abnormalities?
Doctor:Just follow up with you pediatrician and to know about any developmental abnormalities, hearing loss, you can ask for blood tests to confirm the diagnosis
Doctor:But most of the times it is aymptomatic
Doctor:Are you there?,,,
User:ya..would talk to pediatrician for the same
Doctor:Ok good
Doctor:But need not to worry ok
Doctor:Just discuss about possibilities pk
Doctor:Do you have any more queries?
User:lets see..
User:no other queries...
Doctor:Thanks for visiting me here. Bye for now.
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