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June is National Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Awareness Month

Each year, the month of June is the time we designate to raising awareness of spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

Spina Bifida is a neural tube defect which occurs when the spine fails to close properly during the first four weeks of pregnancy. About 85% of babies born with spina bifida will also have hydrocephalus which is an accumulation of fluid on the brain. There is no single known cause for spina bifida or hydrocephalus, but proper nutrition and vitamin supplements before conception can help reduce the risk of neural tube defects.

All women of child bearing age should take a daily multivitamin containing 0.4mg of folic acid in the months before conception, in addition to including natural sources of folic acid such as whole grains, leaf vegetables, fruits and beans into their diet.

NPH -normal pressure hydrocephalus is a condition that affects adults over the age of 55. The symptoms are gait disturbance, incontinence and mild confusion.

The condition is often misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's or Parkinsons. If detected early with a CT or MRI scan the symptoms can be partially or fully reversible.

For more information please contact our office at 1-800-565-9488 or email at info@sbhac.ca.