Chronic lung disease means that there is damage to the newborn’s lungs. The lungs trap air, collapse, fill with fluid or produce extra mucus, making it hard for the infant to breathe.
Conditions & Treatments
Diaphragmatic hernia is an opening in the diaphragm. The diaphragm is the muscle that separates the chest and the abdomen.
Hydrocephalus literally means “water on the brain.” In this case, though, the “water” is really a fluid that protects the brain.
Hyperbilirubinemia is also known as jaundice. It a yellowish tint to your child’s skin and eyes. It is seen in approximately half of newborn babies, usually during the first 5 days of life. Most of the time it is mild and usually goes away within a week or so.
Necrotizing enterocolitis (NE or sometimes NEC) is a rare condition that damages or kills cells and tissues in the colon or lower intestines. Most children are successfully treated and go on to live healthy lives.
Short bowel syndrome is a condition in which nutrients are not properly absorbed because a large portion of the small intestine is missing. It is most often due to a birth defect or due to surgical removal of part of the bowel.
Low birth weight is not always unhealthy or bad. For example, there is a tendency in some families to have small babies. A mother who is of small stature or has a small uterus could still have a perfectly healthy baby who weighs less than average.
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