Pregnancy, Babies, Parenting News & Tips

Indian Baby with Abnormally Large Head to Receive Treatment

By Vishakha Sonawane / Apr 19, 2013 08:39 AM EDT
  • Runa Begum
  • (Photo : REUTERS/Jayanta Dey) Runa Begum

Runa Begum, an 18-month-old Indian girl suffering from hydrocephalus, a rare condition that causes fluid to build up in the brain,  has been admitted to a hospital in the capital New Delhi and is doing well, according to doctors.

Runa's case drew tremendous media attention as her head is swollen to almost double in size and her parents could not afford her treatment. Her father, an 18-year-old daily wage laborer, barely makes $2.75 a day.

Like Us on Facebook

The publication of her photos by news agency AFP, taken in the remote north-eastern state of Tripura in India, saw many offers of help pouring in including donations and a top hospital in Delhi, Fortis, offering treatment.

Dr Sandeep Vaishya , neurosurgery head at Fortis Helathcare Hospital told AFP,  "Her case is very complex so we are currently considering options of how best to proceed."

In Runa's case, the huge size of her head ,96 cm  (36 inches) in circumference, compared to her tiny body further complicates the matter, according to the doctors.

Hydrocephalus causes babies' and young children's heads to enlarge to accommodate the excess fluid. Older kids, whose skull bones have developed and merged together, often suffer from painful headaches due to increased pressure in the head.

The condition can result in brain damage, a loss in mental and physical abilities, and may also prove fatal in some cases, if not treated. However, if treated in time, children can successfully recover from the condition.

Hydrocephalus is usually treated by inserting a shunt into the affected region and letting the excess liquid drain elsewhere in the body. The procedure is not complex in nature.

The US government's National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke estimated that about one in every 500 children suffers from hydrocephalus.

© 2014 ParentHerald.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Featured Video : Never Leave Your Child Alone in the Car: Parents Urged to Take Heat Stroke Seriously Before it's too late

Many overweight children think they are thinner

Most children and teens who are overweight perceive themselves to be much thinner than they actually are, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Read More »

Obesity Linked to Low Endurance, Increased Fatigue in the Workplace

U.S. workplaces may need to consider innovative methods to prevent fatigue from developing in employees who are obese. Based on results from a new study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH), workers who are obese may have significantly shorter endurance times when performing workplace tasks, compared with their non-obese counterparts.

Read More »

Wide-Faced Men Negotiate Nearly $2,200 Larger Signing Bonus

Study finds men with wider face are successful when negotiating for themselves, but not so when the situation requires compromise and collaboration

Read More »

Schizophrenia has clear genetic ties, new DNA study suggests

In the largest study of its kind, researchers have learnt there are over 100 genes that play a role in the development of schizophrenia - one of the most common psychiatric disorders affecting people around the world.

Read More »

Preschoolers Can Reflect on What They Don’t Know

Contrary to previous assumptions, researchers find that preschoolers are able to gauge the strength of their memories and make decisions based on their self-assessments. The study findings are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

Read More »

How children categorize living things

Linguistic, cultural forces shape children's understanding of the natural world

Read More »

Probiotics may help lover blood pressure: Study

A new study found that regular consumption of probiotics, or the "good" bacteria found in yogurt, milk and cheese, may help control blood pressure.

Read More »

Large twin study suggests that language delay due more to nature than nurture

Language traits analyzed in the study -- vocabulary, combining words and grammar -- were significantly heritable

Read More »

Missing sleep may hurt your memory

Lack of sleep, already considered a public health epidemic, can also lead to errors in memory, finds a new study by researchers at Michigan State University and the University of California, Irvine.

Read More »

Scripps Florida Scientists Identify Gene that Plays a Surprising Role in Combating Aging

It is something of an eternal question: Can we slow or even reverse the aging process? Even though genetic manipulations can, in fact, alter some cellular dynamics, little is known about the mechanisms of the aging process in living organisms.

Read More »

No evidence that California cellphone ban decreased accidents, says Colorado University Boulder researcher

In a recent study, a researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder found no evidence that a California ban on using hand-held cellphones while driving decreased the number of traffic accidents in the state in the first six months following the ban.

Read More »

New study finds one-third of Alzheimer's cases are preventable

Scientists have linked a new protein to Alzheimer's disease, different from the amyloid and tau that make up the sticky brain plaques and tangles long known to be its hallmarks.

Read More »

Real Time Analytics