What is Spina Bifida?
Spina Bifida is an opening in the spine. The term spina bifida means "split spine". This means that the spinal cord and nerves did not form correctly. It can happen anywhere along the spine.Spina Bifida is a congenital disorder, meaning that babies are born with it. It usually develops during the first month of pregnancy. It is also called a neural tube defect. There is no cure for spina bifida, but much can be done to help children who have it.
Children with spina bifida can have medical issues, including:
- Trouble sleeping
- Bowel and bladder problems
- Hydrocephalus, excess fluid around the brain and spine
- Natural latex rubber allergies
- Problems with bones and/or muscles
Children with spina bifida will need continuous care throughout their lives. That is why the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Spina Bifida clinic is attended by neurosurgeons, urologists, orthopaedic surgeons, physiatrists, social workers, orthotic specialists and nutritionists, making the coordination of your child's care that much easier.
Nurse Coordinator: Julika Bouchard, R.N., C.P.N.
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Camp Krazy Legs
Children’s, Camp Twin Lakes and the Spina Bifida Association of Georgia have partnered to offer Camp Krazy Legs. This summer day camp and overnight camp is for children and teens with spina bifida who meet the eligibility criteria. Learn more!