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Newborn Health Conditions

Meningocele

Some babies are born with a meningocele, which is a sac that pushes through the gap in the spine. With surgery to fix the problem, most babies with a meningocele live a healthy, normal life.

Myelomeningocele

Myelomeningocele is a type of spina bifida in which a baby is born with a gap in the bones of the spine.

Nut and Peanut Allergy

If your child is allergic to nuts or peanuts, it's essential to learn what foods might contain them and how to avoid them.

Omphalocele

A baby born with an omphalocele has an opening where the umbilical cord goes into the belly. Some openings close on their own, but many need treatment, including surgery.

Oral Thrush

Oral thrush, a very common infection in infants that causes irritation in and around the baby's mouth, often goes away on its own without medical treatment.

Orofacial Clefts

A cleft is when tissues of the mouth or lip don't form properly when a baby is developing in the womb. The good news is that orofacial clefts are treatable.

Phenylketonuria (PKU)

Phenylketonuria (PKU) is a metabolic disorder caused by a defect in the enzyme that breaks down an amino acid. PKU is treatable when it is found early.

Quick Summary: Treating Gastroschisis (Gastroschisis Silo)

Gastroschisis is when a baby is born with the intestines, and sometimes other organs, sticking out through a hole in the belly wall near the umbilical cord. A gastroschisis silo allow the intestines to slowly move into the belly.

Sepsis

Sepsis is a serious infection usually caused when bacteria make toxins that cause the immune system to attack the body's own organs and tissues.

Spina Bifida Occulta

In spina bifida occulta, a baby is born with a gap in the spine's bones, but the spinal cord and its covering do not push through it.