My 3 month old son had his shunt placed two weeks after he was born. It has been in for over two months now but he still gets some fluid swelling along the tube under the skin on his head up by the valve. The doctors have said that it looks good- his soft spot is staying appropriately soft and his mood, appetite etc. seem great so the shunt seems to be working fine, just not healing very quickly. The nuerosurgeon said that if it doesn't eventually stop leaking under the skin though that they will want to either move the shunt or change the valve pressure, or possibly both. Has anyone else had any problems with healing after shunt surgery? Any suggestions? At the moment he can finally do tummy time flat on the floor without increased swelling but we still can't lay him flat on his back. I don't want any more surgeries if we can avoid it but I also don't want to hinder the development of his motor skills by not being able to let him lay and move like any other baby would be able to.
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