Babies born with CDH need regular follow-up with specialists after leaving the hospital.
Many babies have long term breathing issues 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.
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.