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We just found out this week that our baby has Gastroschisis. I was wondering if there is anyone else whose baby has been diagnosed with this. For those that don't know, there is a small hole in the baby's abdomen and her intestines are floating in the amniotic fluid. She will have to have surgery when she is born and will probably be in the hospital for 6 weeks. It occurs in about 1 in 5000 (though some are suggesting its now more common 1 in 2000). The baby has feeding problems for a while and other things can happen if complications arise, but usually the baby doesn't have many long term problems.
I saw your post on the JM homepage, and wanted to share some encouragement. My little cousin (now 7), was born with gastrochisis. He is healthy as a horse with an appetite to match. She was placed on bedrest when it was dx to ensure she made it to term. He had surgery at birth, and went home less than two weeks later. The doctors said that getting a baby as close to term as possible improves the function of the intestines. We feel very blessed, as has had no problems since leaving the hospital. Good luck to you and your family!!!
It is encouraging to hear success stories. When its your baby you always worry about the worst possible outcome happening! I can't believe your cousins baby was only in the hospital for 2 weeks! I am praying that we have a similar situation and not the 6 weeks that the doctor is telling us. Hopefully I go to term and there are no complications!
I had a friend with a daughter born with this... she turned out just fine, I know its stressful but medicine the way it is, our baby's have such a better chance and leading a normal and wonderful life.
My best friends son was born with this and he's now 3 years old and in PERFECT health! She had to have a scheduled C-section, and he had surgery right away to put the intestines in his abdomen. He stayed in the hospital for about 4 weeks and has had no other problems at all.