Raising a child with special healthcare needs is not an easy task. No matter how severe or mild your child's disability may seem to the outside world, it undoubtedly is not what you had in mind when you found out you were having a baby. If you now find yourself caring for a child with spina bifida, you may be overwhelmed and confused. You are likely also filled with love and an incredible urge to do everything you can to give your child the best life possible. Although life going forward may not be what you expected, you can handle it. With the right support , information, and guidance, you and your child will likely live a better life than you could have imagined when you received the diagnosis.
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What is spina bifida? What are the types of spina bifida? How does folic acid help? How is spina bifida diagnosed? How is spina bifida treated?
Spina bifida is a condition characterized by non-closure or defective closure of the vertebral column. It is a subtype of neural tube defects. The neural tube is the building block of the brain and spinal cord which makes up the central nervous system. The neural tube forms during the first few days of pregnancy and completely closes by the 28 th day into conception. Spina bifida is known as the most common central nervous system malformation and is second in the leading causes of birth defects.