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Medline ® Abstract for Reference 13

of 'Microcephaly in infants and children: Etiology and evaluation'

Head circumference reference data: birth to 18 years.
Roche AF, Mukherjee D, Guo SM, Moore WM
Pediatrics. 1987;79(5):706.
Highly reliable data from a sample of 888 white US children, measured serially in a single study, have been used to provide reference data for head circumference from birth to 18 years of age. The present data differ little from those already available for the age range from birth to 36 months of age, but they are considerably higher (about 0.5 cm) at older ages for boys and tend to be slightly higher for girls. These new reference data are smoother across age than those used currently for screening and evaluation. Percentiles for 6-month increments from birth to 6 years have been provided.