There has been an large increase in a birth defect called gastroschisis, according to a scary new CDC report. They explain that it is when a newborn’s intestines, and sometimes liver and stomach, poking through the baby’s abdomen. What is even scarier: No one knows exactly what’s causing the condition to happen more frequently.
I have to tell you that my daughter was born with a scar on her belly. She is 7 years old and at the time the Dr’s kind of freaked me out ( for lack of a better description). Later her pediatrician did scans but said not to worry because it was above the belly where there were no organs to be concerned about. We have absolutely no idea how it happened, but the scar is there and not going away.
So, here is what we do know: The CDC tracked data in 14 states and researchers noted that incidences of gastroschisis doubled from 1995 to 2005, and continue to grow. The defect is increasing in moms of all races but have noted that non-Hispanic black women under 21 years of age, has increased 263 percent. They say that each year, about 1,871 babies are born with gastroschisis.