Patient Comments: Birth Defects - Personal Experience


What type of birth defect did you or your child have? Please share your experience. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: SadinAlabama, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 17

When my grandbaby was born my daughter could not get her to take a bottle. The doctor said she and her husband did not know how to feed her a bottle. They called DHR (Department of Human Resources) and took the baby away from them while in the hospital, and put her in foster care. She kept losing weight in foster care and they found out her esophagus and larynx had not developed, as well as one side of her body. They put a feeding tube in her stomach. It has been three years and they still have not given her back to them.

Comment from: tcorbs, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 22

My daughter was born with oculomotor apraxia which is a rare condition, that is, the absence or defect of controlled, voluntary, and purposeful eye movement. Because this is a rare condition there was little or no information out there years ago when I was dealing with it. Information is power and the more parents share information the more support you have when dealing with birth defects. Birth Defect Research for Children (BDRC) created the National Birth Defect Registry where parents can submit their case to help with the research into patterns and causes of birth defects.

Comment from: Junie, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 15

The doctor explained to me that a nerve or muscle was not formed at the time of conception in my baby girl’s right side of face or cheek at the corner of her mouth toward her ear. When she smiles the right side of her lip would dip down. I asked the doctor if something could be done, he said no. I guess I was scared and carried this guilt. Later when she went to get her molars pulled, the dentist took x-rays and asked if she got in a wreck and that her jaw was crushed. I told her no, never and told her what the doctor told me when she was born.

Comment from: 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 18

My sister has a birth defect. My sister’s child intestines are damaged and now her child is no more.

Comment from: One Hand abnormal, 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 06

I have a child aged 6 months now. He is suffering from birth with one hand abnormal problem.

Comment from: Manu, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 13

My son has congenital birth defect of food pipe which was not developed properly. I also have single umbilical artery. I just want to know the reason for it.

Comment from: Andy, 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 13

I am trying to find out what my son was born with. He has an area on his head that is sunken and the size of a quarter. Hair does not grow there. Sometime it bothers him. So far, no doctor has an explanation what this is. I was wondering if there is a website with lots of pictures of children’s head issues.


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