Spina bifida is a medical term that refers to unusual development in the spine, nerves surrounding the back area, or the vertebrae. A hairy patch on an infant’s back may indicate this condition. Fortunately, in some cases, it may be benign. But other times, it could be serious. In cases where children have a severe case of spina bifida, they will also have symptoms like paralysis, numbness, or weakness in the limbs. As mentioned before, the nerves could also come out of the back as a bulge. However, doctors will rarely fail to notice this. In fact, this signature bulge in the back has become one of the most common ways that doctors diagnose this condition.
What Do You Do if Your Child Has This Condition?
Spina bifida can range from mild to severe cases and varies from child to child. It occurs when the spinal column does not form properly. Normally, the neural tube will develop early in pregnancy, and it will close by the 28th day. A baby that has spina bifida won’t have the neural tube closed properly.
Typically, doctors will treat spina bifida through surgery and ongoing physical therapy. They will normally avoid surgery for the milder cases because it may pose more risks to the child.