When I say Max has a big head, I mean the kind of head that forces Pierre and I to rip his shirts at the head-hole so they’ll fit over his noodle.

Cranially Endowed
Cranially Endowed

 
From the beginning when Max & Emmanuelle first arrived in this world, the nurses declared, “Your babies sure have big heads!” However, it wasn’t until a recent trip to the pediatrician that I heard concern intermixed with the aforementioned statement.

The doctor, pointing at Max’s birth chart, showed us that his baby head is larger than 98% of all toddlers his age, while his weight is above only 3.75% of others. Manu is close behind with a 93%/23% head to weight ratio. In other words… Yo, those some big headed chickadees we got!

The concern of the pediatrician was Hydrocephalus, also known as “water on the brain”. It can cause increased intracranial pressure and enlargement of the head, convulsion, and mental disability. It can also cause death.

Feeding the head that bites.
Feeding the head that bites.

We quickly make an appointment and drive to SF to have the kiddo’s ultrasounds done. A quick side note…. Waiting in waiting rooms with other parents/babies is like a movie set. You have all the stereotypes present: The mom who googoo-gagas in a little girl voice non-stop at her 3 month old little mushball who is fast asleep, the mom with 5 kids who reads People magazine while her baby-mob runs wild. Of course there is the Caucasian woman with the $800 stroller judging it all with righteous eyebrows stuck on her mrs. potato head. No one says anything. It’s normal ya’ll.

So, we go into a low lit room with a blue-scrub technician. Max lets us know that he’ll be the brave one and be the first to get hooked up to that Frankenstienian looking device lurking in the corner.

“Nothing contributes so much to tranquillize the mind as a steady purpose” Frankenstein
“Nothing contributes so much to tranquillize the mind as a steady purpose” Frankenstein

After little monsieur was all plugged in, no electricity spewed forth, and no lightening poured from the heavens, but lying there, Max sure was interested in the screen. He stared at the light from start to finish, so we asked the tech girl to describe to him what she was seeing. Max listened to it all, all the while transfixed on that light.

Next was Manu’s turn who showed equal bravery, but thanked Max for walking the plank first. All went well, we drive home, and now we wait.
 
 
 
 
Fast Forward 2 days:

We got the results and everything is normal! So, it’s no big deal for our big head babies. Our kiddos might have a bit more trouble walking with such a massive trophy on top their shoulders, but other than that, their heads are filled with the same things that mine and Pierre’s are filled with: Some goo, some glop, some ooze and strong will.

As for the hydrocephalus, that was scary. Who has a 97% head and a 3% body?
Not even this man, who holds the title for the most famous case involving hydrocephalus ever. He was a 44-year old French man, whose brain had been reduced to little more than a thin sheet of actual brain tissue due to the buildup of fluid in his skull. In the picture below, all of the black area in the middle is cerebrospinal fluid (water) and the brain matter is the rim of white along the outside!

The perfect machine
The perfect machine

An excerpt from Wiki:
Dr. Lionel Feuillet of Hôpital de la Timone said, “The images were most unusual… the brain was virtually absent.” Intelligence tests showed the man had an IQ of 75, below the average score of 100 but not considered mentally retarded or disabled, either.
Remarkably, the man was a married father of two children, and held a job, leading a normal life despite having little brain tissue.”

Fascinating how we learn to compensate physically, mentally &/or psychologically within the confines of our environment. (Those who don’t move to San Francisco or New York ; )

So, the only extra water Max and Manu have is outside filling up their baby swimming pool. Halluhlooya.

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8 Responses to “Big Head Babies”

  1. toxomaman on August 17th, 2009 6:44 am

    Our jumeaux were born with hydrocephalus - which means head CTs, MRIs, etc on regular occasions - oh what fun! But the big deal is that they both live with 2 VP shunts in their brains - drains in their little noggins with tubing attached that runs down along their necks into their abdomens where the excess fluid is released back into their systems. The surgeons were careful to hide their surgeries behind their ears so they’re not too easily visible. We call it “dual exhaust” or “stereo” - and yes, they’ll have them their entire lives, which means no heading a soccer ball for dear Creed.

    Anyway, Creed had a huge head as a baby - but now it his body has seemed to have caught up. On the other hand, la petite Z has always been that - esp where her head is concerned. So, don’t worry - you’re all quite lucky and they’ll catch up in no time!

    xoxo G & Co.

  2. jacques et Francoise on November 13th, 2009 6:49 am

    Nous sommes pressés de venir verifier tout cela…

  3. jacques et Francoise on November 13th, 2009 6:49 am

    Nous sommes pressés de venir vérifier cela

  4. MARiAH FOGEL! on January 5th, 2010 1:23 pm

    Hiiii!!
    WOW his head is not even that bigg i dont think u have anything to worrie about he is a very adorable baby! im happy fer u! but dont stress its fine!

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