Head Circumference

Head circumference can be influenced by nutritional status until the age of 36 months, but deficiencies are manifest in weight and height before being seen in brain growth. Routine examination also screens for other possible influences on brain growth.

Girls Head Circumference Years

AGE IN YEARS

Figure 2-7. Stature by age percentiles for girls (2 to 18 years).

AGE IN YEARS

Figure 2-7. Stature by age percentiles for girls (2 to 18 years).

  1. Figures 2-9 and 2-10 are NCHS growth charts.-'
  2. Measurements below the 5th percentile may indicate chronic undernutrition during fetal life and early childhood.
  3. A flexible, narrow tape measure is placed (irmly around the head above the supraorbital ridges and over the frontal bulge, where the circumference is greatest. Measurements should be taken to the nearest 0.5 cm or 0.25 in.1-2
Stature Percentile
Figure 2-8. Stature by age percentiles for boys (2 to 18 years).
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