It’s what every parent wants: a healthy baby boy or girl. Tragically, for many Americans of new children, that’s not the case. One of the most frightening afflictions affecting newborns is gastroschisis, a condition that involves the baby’s intestinal tract being outside the child’s body at the time of birth. For parents of children with this condition, it can make for a shocking sight. The good news, however, is that it can be treated. The key is knowing your options…
1. What is Gastroschisis?
Put simply, gastroschisis is a birth defect that affects the newborn’s abdominal wall. Most babies with the condition will have their intestines sticking outside of their body, typically through a gap in the body somewhere around the belly button.
Generally speaking, the protruding matter will include only the baby’s intestines, but in some cases it could also include the stomach and liver.