How to Get Rid of Baby’s Meningocele?
Windowofworld.com – Meningocele is the protruding membrane covering the spine and the nerves of the spine. This disease is usually characterized by a bump on the baby’s back. Meningoceles are caused by abnormalities in the formation of the spinal cord and fetal nerve tissue in the womb.
Meningocele is part of the disease due to disorders of nerve tube formation in the fetus or spina bifida. Meningocele sacs or cysts appear through a gap in the spine.
This bulge is filled with a portion of the spinal membrane and spinal fluid. In addition to affecting the appearance of the baby’s spine, the meningocele can also affect the nerves around it.
Early detection of meningocele can be done before the baby is born. When the gestational age enters 15-20 weeks, the doctor can perform an ultrasound examination to monitor fetal development and detect whether there are abnormal neural tube formation.
For more accurate results, the doctor can perform a genetic examination by taking a sample of amniotic fluid to see if there are congenital abnormalities in the fetus.
How to get rid of meningocele?
Once a baby is diagnosed with meningocele, the doctor will most likely schedule an operation as soon as possible. Early surgery can prevent infection, swelling, and further damage to the baby’s spinal cord.
However, if the spinal cord has been deformed or damaged, surgery may not be able to repair it.
Meningocele handling surgery is done by making an incision in the bag or cyst that appears to drain the liquid in it. During the surgery, the baby is under general anesthesia or anesthesia to fall asleep and not experience pain.
Treatment after Meningocele Surgery
After the operation is finished, the baby will be given antibiotics by a doctor to prevent infection. In addition, the baby must also be hospitalized for about 2 weeks after he finished undergoing meningocele surgery.
During the baby’s recovery period, the doctor will probably do some additional tests, such as blood tests and MRI or ultrasound, to ensure that the surgical wound has healed and monitor whether there is a build up of fluid in the baby’s head or hydrocephalus.
In addition, other risks that can arise after meningocele surgery are infection or inflammation of the spinal cord, as well as nerve disorders, such as weakness to muscle paralysis.
Therefore, meningoceles need to be treated early on with surgery so that the baby is not exposed to a variety of more severe health problems.
Meningocele and Folic Acid
The risk of your child suffering from meningocele and neural tube defects or spina bifida can be reduced and even prevented if pregnant women consume enough folic acid during pregnancy.
Pregnant women are advised to start taking folic acid supplements around 400-600 micrograms every day, at least 1 month before becoming pregnant. Folic acid must still be consumed during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
To meet the needs of folic acid, pregnant women can consume foods that contain folic acid, including:
- Vegetables, such as asparagus, spinach, broccoli, and potatoes
- Fruits, such as oranges, tomatoes, and avocados
- Grains, such as oatmeal and whole wheat bread
- Beans, such as soybeans and kidney beans
Folic acid is a water-soluble nutrient. So, if you want to get the optimal folic acid content, it is recommended to steam (not boil) foods that contain folic acid.
However, do not cook too long the food because it can eliminate the folic acid in it.
Apart from food, folic acid can also be obtained through pregnancy supplements prescribed by a doctor.
To avoid meningoceles, pregnant women are also advised to routinely carry out pregnancy checks to the obstetrician. Also ask what other risk factors can increase the occurrence of meningoceles in infants so that preventative measures can be taken.