Hydrocephalus for Parents
Often called "water on the brain," hydrocephalus can cause babies' and young children's heads to swell to make room for excess cerebrospinal fluid. Learn how this condition is managed.
Word! Hydrocephalus for Kids
Hydrocephalus happens when the fluid that cushions the brain builds up inside the head.
Myelomeningocele for Parents
Myelomeningocele is a type of spina bifida in which a baby is born with a gap in the bones of the spine.
VP Shunts for Parents
A VP shunt is a small plastic tube that helps drain extra cerebrospinal fluid from the brain. Most VP shunts are placed to treat hydrocephalus.
Chiari I Malformation for Parents
Many kids with this brain condition aren't bothered by it. Those who have symptoms can often find relief with medicines or surgery.
Spina Bifida for Parents
Spina bifida is a birth defect that involves the incomplete development of the spinal cord or its coverings. It's usually detected before a baby is born and treated right away.
Intraventricular Hemorrhage in Newborns for Parents
An intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) is bleeding in and around the brain’s ventricles. Most babies with a mild IVH do well.
Word! H for Kids
Find out about medical and health terms that start with H.
Spina Bifida Factsheet (for Schools) for Parents
What teachers should know about spina bifida, and how to help students with the birth defect do their best in school.
Tapeworm for Parents
Tapeworms are usually more upsetting to think about than to deal with. Tapeworm infections are rare in the United States, and they're usually easy to treat.