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Tips for Teachers

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Plumbing for the brain...

In the 1960s a tiny piece of ingenious plumbing revolutionised the life chances, and the lives, of children with hydrocephalus.

This small device, a shunt, meant that the abnormal build up of cerebral fluid in the brain, which is the cause of hydrocephalus, could be managed through a simple draining mechanism. Babies born with this condition, and children who acquired it through illness or trauma, could now expect long and healthy lives, instead of serious illness or premature death.

1 in a 1000

This was, in many ways, a triumph for science; the tackling, in quite recent times, of a condition which is embedded in the human population, today affecting one in 1000 pregnancies in the UK.

Children with hydrocephalus …

However, the shunt is not the end of the story, it is only the beginning. Children with hydrocephalus can live successful, fulfilling lives – but only if their condition is properly recognised, and they are supported to overcome their challenges, especially in their childhood years.

Tips for Teachers – a FREE educational DVD and accompanying booklet

It is with this in mind that with funding from Children in Need, Shine has produced Tips for Teachers, a DVD and accompanying booklet which offers parents and teachers more of an insight into how to facilitate the best education for children with hydrocephalus.

To order your FREE copy of Tips for Teachers please email or phone 01733 555988 with your name and role, the name of your school and the mailing address.


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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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