When it comes to good parenting, the primary goal in life is to raise a child that will be happy, healthy and successful.
Parents may approach that goal in any number of different ways. Some mothers and fathers will ensure that their children are enrolled in extracurricular activities and others may limit how much time they spend on electronic devices. Each parent will approach the subject in a different way but the end goal still remains the same.
It seems, however, that there are some things working either in your child’s favor or not, and they are out of the parent’s control.
At the Edinburg University, a group of researchers conducted a study that shows how more is involved to a person’s intelligence than the actions of the parents.
They took a close look at genetics, health and other factors to see how they were related to a person’s IQ. What they discovered was that there was a connection between a person’s cognitive abilities and their body shape and brain size, along with their education.
To break it down into simple terms, the size of the baby’s head along with other physical attributes may show how smart the child will become when they reach adulthood.
The data came from 100,000 participants between the ages of 37 and 73. It was discovered that babies who were born with a big head were more likely to be an intelligent adult.
The blood, urine and saliva of the participants were researched by the scientists. They also took a close look at their background and lifestyles before they came up with this conclusion. The study was published in the Journal of Molecular Psychology
“Highly significant associations were observed between the cognitive test scores . . . and many polygenic profile scores, including intracranial volume, infant head circumference and childhood cognitive ability,” the researchers wrote.
There were also other benefits that came along with having a large head as a baby. They included the opportunity for better scores on verbal-numerical tests and getting into a university.
“The study supports an existing theory which says that those with better overall health are likely to have higher levels of intelligence,” researcher Saskia Hagenaars added.
Statistics show that the average baby has a head circumference of approximately 13.5 inches. Within the first month, it is expected to grow to at least 15 inches.
Boys have a larger cranial circumference compared to girls but it is a minimal difference.
Any baby that has a head larger than 13.5 inches is considered to have a big head. They may be the ones that grow up to be smart.
There may also be some cases in which a larger skull size would indicate a disability of some sort. According to Today’s Parent, however, you don’t need to worry if a doctor has cleared your baby as being healthy.
“A large cranium could simply be a reflection of a bigger-than-average-headed mom or dad. One thing is for certain, it’s not an indication of a learning disorder or disability,” they explained.
There may also be additional signs that could indicate a gifted child. They include motor skills, ability to recall memories, a large vocabulary from a young age and enjoying hanging out with older people. Extreme curiosity also made the list.