Do congenital diaphragmatic hernias affect children differently?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Children who recovery from congenital diaphragmatic hernia can be affected in different ways. A congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) is a birth defect that affects the development of the diaphragm that separates the abdomen from the chest. In CDH a there is a hole in the diaphragm, allowing abdominal organs to push into the chest cavity. The level of lung development is an important factor that affects an infant's survival rate before and after surgery. An infant with CDH may need more calories to help them grow to a healthy, normal weight and height. As the child ages, they may face development challenges, including learning how to roll, crawl, and sit. The child may also develop conditions such as chronic lung disease and acid reflux disease.

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