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Kaitlin Binkley

on 21 September 2012

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Transcript of Gastroschisis

Gastroschisis is a type of hernia. Gastroschisis A birth defect in which an infant's intestines stick out of the body through a defect on one side of the umbilical cord. Symptoms:
-Lumps in the abdomen
-Intestines stick out through the abdominal wall near the umbilical cord A physical examination is all a health care giver needs to diagnose Gastroschisis. The baby will have problems with movement and absorption in the gut, because the unprotected intestine is exposed to irritating amniotic fluid. If Gastroschisis is found before birth then the mother will need special monitoring to make sure her unborn baby is healthy. Plans should be made for careful delivery and immediate management of the problem after birth. Other treatments for the baby include nutrients by IV and antibiotics to prevent infection. The child has a good chance of recovering if the
abdominal cavity is large enough. A very small abdominal cavity may result in complications that require additional surgery. The misplaced abdominal contents can make it difficult for the baby to expand the lungs, leading to breathing problems. Other treatments your baby will need after surgery are:
A NG tube placed through the nose to drain the stomach and keep it empty.
Fluids and nutrients given through vein.
Pain medicines Feedings are started through the NG tube as soon
as your baby's bowel starts functioning after surgery.
Feedings by mouth will start very slowly. Your baby
may eat slowly and may need feeding therapy, lots of
encouragement, and time to recover after feeding. The average stay in the hospital
is a few weeks up to four months.
Once the baby is gaining weight and
eating you may take he/she home. After surgery, your baby will receive care in the
hospital's neonatal intensive care unit. The baby will
be placed in a special bed called an isolette. This bed
has an incubator to keep your baby warm. Babies with this condition have a hole in the
abdominal wall. The child's intestines usually stick
out through the hole. What is it? Description Cure If found before birth: Treatments: After Surgery: Feeding: Average Time In Hospital:
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