A little bit about Mircocephaly:
Microcephaly (my-kroh-SEF-uh-lee) is a rare neurological condition in which an infant's head is significantly smaller than the heads of other children of the same age and sex. Sometimes detected at birth, microcephaly usually is the result of the brain developing abnormally in the womb or not growing as it should after birth. Microcephaly can be caused by a variety of genetic and environmental factors. Children with microcephaly often have developmental issues. Generally there's no treatment for microcephaly, but early intervention may help enhance your child's development and improve quality of life. (source)
Some children with microcephaly will be of normal intelligence and development, even though their heads will always be small for their age and sex. But depending on the cause and severity of the microcephaly, complications may include:
- Developmental delays, such as in speech and movement
- Difficulties with coordination and balance
- Dwarfism or short stature
- Facial distortions
- Mental retardation
Just to give you some perspective on the numbers, at Clara's 15 month appt., her head was measuring 16.73 inches, which is in the 0 percentile. Her height and weight are measuring age appropriate. There is a big discrepancy between her rate of head growth and body growth.
Oh, and sport something yellow for Clara today!