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My nearly 7 month old has just been referred to a pediatrician for a below 3% head circumference and small fontanelle, but no one has told me what problems this can cause. Her weight and length are in the 50%. What could be wrong?

Jane ...
Answer: You need to ask the GP who referred her so your mind is at ease. I can't say what could be wrong specifically, but commonly a check is all that is required. We look to percentiles to provide a guide to how babies are growing, they're only a tool and should never be used to diagnose conditions. Head growth can be a sign of brain growth as well, but I would think that if she is developing normally and reaching her milestones and you have no reason to suspect she has other issues, then your GP is probably just being cautious. If you or her dad have smallish heads then this may be genetic. See if you can get an appointment with the Paediatrician as soon as you can, advise the receptionist that you'd be happy to come in on a cancellation and this may also fast track you getting in. Cheers Jane
Answered: 18 Aug 2011