I'm watching DBZ again as an adult, and when Bulma, Krillin & Gohan meet two medical namekians, these people help them find some dragon balls.
I remember namekian dragon balls were very big, but these ones can be held by hand.
Why are they small?
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In episode 41, Bulma and crew are not on namek, and the 2 "medical namekians" are actually 2 different aliens.
They are playing a mind game on Krillin Gohan, and Bulma. The reason then, that the dragon balls are still "small" is because these aliens only had the memories of the 3 of them to go off of, so the earth dragonballs. In a couple more episodes when they finally reach Namek is the first time we find out about the larger namekian dragon balls.