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Neither DC has a shunt, but I used to work for a pediatric neurosurgeon. First indicators of malfunction are usually headache, nausea & vomiting. I have also seen decreased appetites, vision changes, changes in personality, seizures, etc.
If you suspect a shunt malfunction, you should call the neurosurgeon immediately. Depending on your DC's medical status, they might be able to do the shunt series in radiology without sedation.
Also, you did not mention what kind of shunt your DC has, but if it is a reprogrammable shunt, they might just reprogram it in the office and not have to repeat surgery.
Wife to M , Mommy to DS aka Captain Obvious (06/06) and DD aka Lissalot (03/09, anoxic brain injury)