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What are the symptoms of congenital hydrocephalus?

The most noticeable symptom in babies born with congenital hydrocephalus is a head that is unusually large. Sometimes a baby's head will appear normal at first but rapidly increase in size, growing faster than the rest of the body. There might be a bulge on the top of the baby's head where there is normally a soft spot. Other symptoms include seizures, vomiting, irritability, and sleepiness. One potential symptom to watch for is a downward deviation of the eyes, which means the pupils of the eyes are not centered and will appear to partially dip below the bottom eyelids; this is known as "sunsetting."

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