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Measure: Child Head Circumference   #020500


Child head circumference is the maximum circumference measurement around the head from the frontal bones to the occipital prominence of the back of the head.


Head circumference is measured to monitor an infant’s head growth to ensure normal skull/brain growth-not too fast (which may indicate macrocephaly or hydrocephalus) or too slow (which may indicate microcephaly or craniosynostosis). Usual infant growth measurements encompass the measurement of recumbent length, weight, and head circumference.



Anthropometrics, developmental disability, skull growth, brain growth, macrocephaly, hydrocephalus, microcephaly, craniosynostosis, NHANES

Measure Release Date: October 1, 2015

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