The symptoms of usually are noticed at birth or within the first 9 months of life. Symptoms may not be as obvious in toddlers and older children. A baby may have:
A large head that may get bigger very quickly. Usually a baby with congenital hydrocephalus will have a noticeably bigger head than other babies the same age.
A slightly bulging soft spot (fontanelle) on top of the head that doesn't go away when the baby is held upright. A baby may also have larger-than-normal areas between the skull bones ().
A shiny scalp, with prominent blood vessels.
A downward gaze and retracted eyelids, which reveal the whites of the eyes above the ("sun-setting of the eyes").
If pressure in the baby's head builds, symptoms will get worse and may include
Poor appetite and frequent vomiting.
Inability to track you well with his or her eyes.
If surgery is not preformed in a timely manner many issues can arise.If your child was not born with any birth defects associated with their hydrocephalus. The build up of pressure to the brain can cause irreversible damage to the brain.
This could cause any kind of problem from walking to talking.
Patients can start seizing, which is from the fluid build up on the brain, CSF. As pressure builds more. Strokes become more common with as
fluid keep building on the brain. Basically the brain is being crushed by the liquid so surgery within hours is very important.