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Babies Born With Big Heads Are Likely More Intelligent: Study

01/23/2017 04:02 EST

Big-headed baby? No worries. This could just be an indication your baby will grow up intelligent.

According to a study by researchers at Edinburgh University, babies born with big heads may be smarter later in life, the Independent reports.

The study, originally published in 2016, looked at data from 100,000 U.K. residents between the ages of 37 and 73.

“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,” researchers said in a statement.

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Researchers concluded babies born with large heads were more likely to get degrees and score higher on verbal-numerical reasoning tests.

“The study supports an existing theory which says that those with better overall health are likely to have higher levels of intelligence," researchers added.

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Previous research has found there are several ways to tell if your baby may be a little genius in the making.

Some say a good memory can be linked to being smarter at a later age. If your infant can remember past events, Romper notes, this could be an early sign of intelligence.

Other signs of intelligence include a preference for hanging out with older adults; holding conversations and even poor sleepers.

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Cosmo adds the average circumference size of a baby's head in the U.S. is 13.5 to 14 inches, so babies with heads larger than this were considered to be more intelligent in later years.

And for any parent wondering if a larger head indicates any type of disability, Today's Parent notes this is not true.

"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," experts note.

However, in rare occasions, a big head could mean a more seriously skull-related problem down the road, but if you are concerned, always talk to your doctor.

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