Babies born with CDH often need regular follow-up with specialists after leaving the hospital.
Many babies have chronic lung disease and may require oxygen and medications for weeks, months or years. They are at risk to develop colds and other illnesses.
They often need more calories to grow. A feeding tube might be necessary, especially if a child has chronic lung disease or does not like to eat by mouth.
Often babies will have gastroesophageal reflux (GERD). Fluids from the stomach move up into the tube that leads from the throat to the stomach. You might see vomiting, arching and irritability. Most of the time medication helps with this but sometimes surgery is needed.
Some babies might not meet their developmental milestones and will need additional therapy services to help with muscle strength, feedings and activities of daily living.