Treatment & Care
If your baby's lungs are mature, your doctor may want to deliver your baby at 36 weeks. Therefore, a Caesarean delivery may be necessary.
After delivery, your baby will receive fluids via IV. Her intestines will be placed in a clear surgical plastic bag and she will be brought to the neonatal intensive care unit. Surgery to repair the opening and return her intestines to their proper place will take place within 12-24 hours.
If the opening is small, the repair can be done in one step. If the opening is larger, it may need to take place slowly over three to five days.
Most babies recover well. Recovery time in the hospital includes feeding your baby through IV. In some cases, a baby will develop a condition known as "short gut." Short gut is characterized by diarrhea, very slow weight gain and deficiencies of important vitamins and minerals. In this instance, your baby may require a longer course of IV nutrition.