Spina Bifida

Spina Bifida is a congenital disease in which the formation of the spine does not occur properly. It is a disorder of the neural tube which is an embryonic structure that develops into the child’s brain and spinal cord. The neural tube starts to form early in the course of pregnancy and closes towards the end of the first month of conception. In babies with spina bifida the neural tube does not develop properly causing defects in the spinal cord and the vertebrae. Spina bifida can cause mild to severe complications depending upon the size and type of deformity. As an early treatment surgery is often suggested for newborns which doesn’t always produce the required outcome.

Risk factors of spina bifida:

The cause of Spina bifida is not known till date but it is presumed to occur due to folate deficiency or genetic factors. Vitamin B9 or folate is a very important component for healthy development of the baby and it reduces the risk of spina bifida. Some medications may also interfere in the body’s efficiency to utilize folic acid. Poorly controlled diabetes during pregnancy can result in a child with spina bifida. Obesity can also lead to neural tube defects. High body temeperature in early weeks of pregnancy may lead to spina bifida.

Complications caused by spina bifida includes:

  • Walking and mobility problems
  • Orthopedic complications
  • Bowel and bladder problems
  • Accumulation of fluid in the brain (hydrocephalus)
  • Shunt malfunction
  • Chiari malformation type II
  • Infection in the tissues surrounding the brain (meningitis)
  • Tethered spinal cord
  • Sleep-disordered breathing
  • Skin problems
  • Latex allergy

Prevention and Treatment:

Folic acid when taken in the first trimester of pregnancy can reduce the risk of spina bifida and other tube defects. At HPFY we have a large number of products to help small children and older adults with spina bifida. We have Spinal thermal packs, reachers, anus stimulators, cervical collars, suppositories and much more. Buy products from quality manufacturers like Maddak, Chattanooga Group, Concepts In Confidence, Core Products, etc. at best prices and attractive discounts on HPFY!

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