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What kind of gastrointestinal tract birth defects are noticeable at birth?

Some gastrointestinal tract birth defects are obvious at birth when they involve major deformities, such as an underdeveloped anus. Others are clearer shortly after birth. When a baby struggles after their first breaths, it is possible that their intestines are filled with air and are pushing on their lungs because of a diaphragmatic hernia. The results of the first few feedings and bowel movements will also give doctors a better idea of possible gastrointestinal tract birth defects.

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