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What do I need to know about caring for someone with hydrocephalus?

When caring for someone with hydrocephalus, it is very important to monitor the symptoms of hydrocephalus on a daily basis. Any dramatic change in physical or mental capabilities could signal a problem and require immediate medical treatment.

If the person you are caring for has been treated with a shunt to drain the fluid built up in their brain, their shunt will require daily cleaning and care. Children and adults whose physical or cognitive abilities have been affected by hydrocephalus may require daily or weekly therapy appointments to treat the impairment.

Hydrocephalus can be an overwhelming disorder. It may be useful to find a support group to help with the emotional affects of caring for someone with hydrocephalus.

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