Microcephaly is usually discovered by the health care provider during routine examination. Head measurements are part of all well-baby examinations up to 18 months (longer in certain circumstances). They are painless and take only a few seconds while the measuring tape is placed around the infant's head.
Documenting microcephaly in detail may include:
- What is the head circumference?
- Is the head growing at a slower rate than the body?
- What other symptoms are there?
Note: A record of the head circumference should be maintained over time.
Although the health care provider maintains records on your baby, it may be helpful to maintain your own records, and bring them to the health care provider's attention if you notice that the infant's head growth pattern seems to be decreasing.
If your health care provider diagnoses your child with microcephaly, you should note that in your child's personal medical records.