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Benny Bear Books

    • Benny Bear - Animation VI
    • Benny Bear - Animation IX
    • Benny Bear - Animation VIII
    • Benny Bear - Animation IV
    • Benny Bear - Animation V
    • Benny Bear - Animation I

"These are stories about a special bear with a shunt but lots of girls and boys have shunts too. Perhaps you are one of them."

Our publications are available for either your tablet, kindle or mobile device, you can now download each story as a PDF for just £1 - see below!

Benny Bear Books as PDF

Benny goes on holiday - In this book, Benny’s adventures continue with a family holiday to France. Because Benny has a shunt, his mummy meets with Benny’s neurosurgeon to check that all is safe for the trip. Download an electronic copy by clicking the button below!

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Benny's team wins - This latest book about Benny Bear shows him enjoying himself at camp, happily joining in all the sporting activities with his classmates. Download an electronic copy by clicking the button below!

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Benny goes to school - Starting a new school can be a bit daunting for both children and their parents – but good liaison between home and school can help prepare everybody for the new opportunities ahead. Download an electronic copy by clicking the button below!

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Benny's New Shunt - This book beautifully highlights the clinical picture parents may see in their child with a blocked shunt. It systematically runs through the experience of any patient who may have a shunt malfunction, from entering the hospital, the shunt revision and the recovery. The book is written in a manner as to remove the mystery, uncertainty and fear of what the process may involve. Download an electronic copy by clicking the button below!

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Benny gets better - A diagnosis of hydrocephalus can be worrying for both children and their parents. This book that shows Benny Bear in hospital will help you discover that hydrocephalus needn’t be scary. Download an electronic copy by clicking the button below!

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Did You Know?

Some babies with spina bifida are now operated on before they are born, via keyhole surgery.

Hydrocephalus can be congenital or acquired.

NPH (Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus) is an excessive build-up of fluid in the head.

Hydrocephalus is a build up of excess fluid in the brain.

Some 11 - 35% of people with Intracranial Hypertension recover spontaneously!

Most babies with spina bifida undergo surgery within 48 hours of birth.

“Every effort should be made to ensure that all children are immunized, no opportunity to immunize should be missed.”

If you have spina bifida +/or hydrocephalus you should receive the same vaccinations as any others, when going abroad.

Hydrocephalus comes from the Greek "hydro" meaning water and "cephalie", meaning brain.

Some forms of hydrocephalus require no specific treatment.

Medical advice should always be sought if shunt infection is suspected!

Shunt: a device that diverts accumulated cerebro-spinal fluid around the obstructed pathways back to the bloodstream.

Possible signs of chronic shunt blockage include: 
fatigue, general malaise or behavioural changes.

A shunt alert card should be carried at all times by people with hydrocephalus treated by a shunt.

Possible signs of acute shunt blockage may include: visual disturbances, drowsiness and seizures.

Symptoms of Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus are similar to Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease or simply increasing age.

NPH (Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus) occurs most often in people aged over 60.

Benign Intracranial Hypertension aka Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension affects about one or two in every 100,000 people!

Symptoms associated with raised intracranial pressure; headache, visual disturbances, photophobia, vomiting, problems with balance...

Diagnosis of Intracranial Hypertension is by scan + measurement of the CSF pressure.

Babies born prematurely are at increased risk of developing hydrocephalus.

Shine can raise money by recycling your used inkjet cartridges, toners or CDs and DVDs.

Para-athletes with spina bifida and hydrocephalus compete in sports ranging from cycling to dressage.

Hydrocephalus may affect memory, concentration and behaviour.

The usual treatment for hydrocephalus is to insert a shunt into the brain.

CSF stands for cerebro-spinal fluid.

Benny Bear is a teddy with hydrocephalus who helps children understand the condition.

Shine is always looking for Marathon Runners to help with fundraising.

Spina bifida occulta is a hidden form of spina bifida.

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