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You've just found out that your newborn baby has hydrocephalus. Having hydrocephalus means that too much fluid is building up inside your baby's brain. This extra fluid can increase pressure on the brain. It can make your baby's head look larger than normal, and make the soft spots on your baby's head feel firm or bulge out.
Early treatment for your newborn will help to protect his or her brain from long-term damage.
The goal of treatment is to lower the pressure on the brain by getting rid of the extra fluid. There are two common ways to do that:
Follow-up care is a key part of your baby's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your baby is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your baby's test results and keep a list of the medicines your baby takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your baby may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your baby's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any concerns.
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Current as of: December 12, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics
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