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Q: My nephew's head circumference is increasing rapidly. At the age of six months, his HC is 42.1 cm. Is this a cause for worry?

Suresh (Chennai, India)

A: 42 cm at 6 months is normal. If there is a rapid increase in the circumference, it indicates excess water accumulation in the brain and needs investigation.

Dr. Subba Rao


Q: My child has a head circumference of 47.5 cm. My concern is that he does not crawl and always wants to be walked around. He does not get up on his own from a lying position. Is this normal? Is his head circumference okay for his age?

Amina (Sharjah, UAE)

A: Your child's head circumference is slightly on the higher side for the age. In this context, not achieving some milestones may be significant. Get him examined by a pediatrician and get a CT scan of his head and follow the advice of your pediatrician.

Dr. Subba Rao


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