Babies with gastrointestinal tract birth defects require hospitalization. They will most likely need surgery and the hospital is the safest place for them to be. Some defects, like problems with the esophagus, can be temporarily treated through intravenous nutrition. If your child has symptoms of gastrointestinal tract birth defects, they should be treated at the hospital as soon as possible.
Ben Terrany, MD
- internal medicine
Location and Office HoursShore Gastroenterology Associates
60 NJ Rte 36
West Long Branch, NJ 07764
- Horizon BlueCross BlueShield
- Jersey Shore University Medical Center
- Monmouth Medical Center
Is hospitalization important for gastrointestinal tract birth defects?
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What is peristalsis?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredWhat you eat travels not through gravity but through a process called peristalsis—a rhythmic contraction of smooth muscle in your gut that moves the lump of food (the bolus) down through the esophagus and into the intestines. (The gut, by the way, is what docs term the totality of tubes from your mouth through your esophagus, stomach, small intestines, large intestines, and rectum.)
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Does extra fiber cause my poop to be a darker color?
MediGuard answeredIf extra fiber is taken in from food sources your stool color could change depending on the quantity and type of food eaten. If the fiber increase is the result of an over the counter medication like Fibercon changes in your stool could happen as well. If your stool continues to have a dark appearance for greater than 2 days you should contact your doctor to discuss and be evaluated. There could be other reasons you are seeing a change in your stool and your doctor will be able to determine possible causes.
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