My stepson had a huge noggin – big enough that when he started school, the other kids would make comments about it. We used to tell him to shake it off, that the other kids were jealous because he could fit a much bigger brain inside his head, that he was too smart for his own good.
Not only did it make him feel better at the time, but according to a recent study by U.K. Biobank, it’s actually true.
The study, published in Molecular Psychiatry, looked at the link between genes, IQ, and overall health, and found that babies with a head circumference of 12.5 to 14 inches are significantly more likely to show greater intelligence later in life.
It also found that children who exhibit greater overall health tend to be smarter as they grow.
So, don’t fret about your kid’s giant head (at least, once you get it out of you) – celebrate it! There’s a decent chance they’ll be able to help you afford the good nursing home in a few decades.
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