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"It was a real crisis for me. It was a grieving process.
I was grieving for my perfect child, and had to let that vision go." -- Unknown parent

In infants, the most obvious sign of hydrocephalus ("HC") is an abnormal enlargement of the baby's head. The soft spot (fontanel) may be tense and bulging. The scalp may appear thin and glistening, and the scalp veins may appear to have unnatural fullness (prominence), as well. When you feel your baby's head along the suture lines, you may find that the bones are separated.
INFANT SYMPTOMS TO WATCH FOR: vomiting, sleepiness, irritability, downward deviation of the baby's eyes (called the "sunsetting sign"), and seizures. REMEMBER: your baby cannot tell you it is sick....keep a watchful eye! As a mother, you know something is wrong! Act on your God-given motherly instincts!
Toddlers whose sutures have not yet closed also show the signs of head enlargement. Older toddlers and children, once their sutures (seam parts of the skull; fontanel) have closed, will show other symptons of raised intracranial pressure (ICP) caused by their enlarge ventricles.
TODDLER SYMPTONS often include headache, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes blurred or double vision. The child might have problems with balance, delayed development in such areas as walking or talking, or poor coordination. As with infants, a child may be more irritable or tired than normal, or may develop seizures. The child may show a change in personality, or be unable to concentrate or remember things. Older children may have difficulty waking up and STAYING AWAKE.

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