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What causes hydrocephalus?

The causes of hydrocephalus are still not well understood. Hydrocephalus may result from inherited genetic abnormalities (such as the genetic defect that causes aqueductal stenosis) or developmental disorders (such as those associated with neural tube defects including spina bifida and encephalocele). Other possible causes include complications of premature birth such as intraventricular hemorrhage, diseases such as meningitis, tumors, traumatic head injury, or subarachnoid hemorrhage, which block the exit of CSF from the ventricles to the cisterns or eliminate the passageway for CSF into the cisterns.

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Comment from: Sera W., 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 09

Useful tips that the doctor gave me was to gargle with 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and minimize dairy intake.

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Comment from: Saba, 3-6 Male (Caregiver) Published: November 04

I inherited this eczema from my mom. It gets worse if I eat black pepper seafood, chicken, beef, eggplant, coffee jaggery, etc. I used different ointments but no use. I am currently using urine, it is better than costly ointments.

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Comment from: Lynn Marie, 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 09

Hydrocephalus is caused by dehydration. The cure is not shunting, the cure is water. My teenager has a shunt and now I am educated. She was a typical teen with no health concerns. She never drank water, drinking fountains at school did not work, no water bottles were allowed in class and at lunch she was offered the same size carton of milk that a kindergartner gets. We didn't know any better either and we trusted doctors who just repeat the shunting process because that's what's always been done. Bottom line is, hydrocephalus is the result of prolonged dehydration. The cure is water. When your body is dehydrated it sends any water it can to the brain, heart and lungs that's why you get tremendous headaches, that's why you get coughing or sniffly nose, you are off balance and can't open your eyes.

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