Activities Of Children With Hydrocephalus Who Use Shunts?
Is it safe for children with hydrocephalus to do activities as usual? Currently my child is 2.5 years old and his physical development of his gross and fine motor skills is good, like any other normal child. But I’m afraid to let him play like other kids. Currently my son is wearing a shunt
Hello Mrs. Atika,
Mother's concern is understandable. Shunts help control intracranial pressure (inside the head) by draining brain fluid to other parts of the body, generally the stomach area. The use of this shunt does not hinder activities, but of course the child's circumstances vary. Usually the child will feel tired / weak a few days after surgery, but then can return to activities usually after about a week.
Sports or activities that are at risk of falling and hitting the head should be limited for about 6 weeks after surgery. The rest you can keep him doing his activities as usual with normal supervision according to his age and abilities. Teach your child not to touch the valve on his head. It is okay to lie on the side of the shunt.
You should recognize the signs of shunt complications, including infection, blood clots, brain tissue damage and bleeding. If your child feels pain, looks weak, has a fever, or has complaints, you should immediately get your child checked by a doctor.
Of course every child has a different condition. You can consult the doctor who treats your child so that the advice you get is more specific based on the condition of your child after being examined.
Also read the article: Hydrocephalus