What is Spinal Bifida
Spina bifida is a birth defect that occurs when the spine and spinal cord don’t form properly. It falls under the broader category of neural tube defects. The neural tube is the embryonic structure that eventually develops into the baby’s brain and spinal cord and the tissues that enclose them. Normally, the neural tube forms early in pregnancy, and it closes by the 28th day after conception. In babies with spina bifida, a portion of the neural tube fails to develop or close properly, causing defects in the spinal cord and in the bones of the spine.
Symptoms of Spinal Bifida
Infants who have spinal bifida may have or develop weakness or paralysis in the legs, urinary incontinence, bowel incontinence, a lack of sensation in the skin and a build-up of cerebrospinal fluid. Myelomeningocele is the most severe type of spinal bifida and is can have cognitive symptoms with a lack of awareness, thinking, learning, judging, and knowing.
Available Treatments for Spinal Bifida
One option for treatment for spinal bifida is surgery. There is surgery to repair the spine which can be done within 2 days of the birth and the surgeon replaces the spinal cord and any exposed tissues or nerves back into the newborns body. Prenatal surgery opens the uterus and repairs the spinal cord of the fetus, usually during the 19 to 25th week of pregnancy. Physical therapy is also a treatment and helps the individual become more independent and prevents the lower limb muscles from weakening and special leg braces may help keep the muscles strong.
How To Check Eligibility Criteria To Apply for Disability Tax Credit for Spinal Bifida
To apply for this tax credit Form 2201 entitled “Disability Tax Credit Certificate” it must be completed by a registered medical practitioner. This tax credit is only available to those who have taxes payable. This form must be completed by a registered medical practitioner. Qualified registered medical practitioners include a medical doctor, physiotherapist, optometrist, psychologist, occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist, and audiologist.
How DCC Can Help Claim Tax Credit
Disability Tax Credit Consultants at DCC can help to claim this tax credit and collect up to $40,000 in disability tax credits