By Claire Gagne Nov 16, Photo: iStockphoto. The next few weeks were a roller coaster, as one issue after another plagued the fraternal twins.
They each weighed just over 2 pounds. After days in the NICU for Dylan and 80 for Elizabeth, the preemies went on to overcome incredible obstacles and are now almost 6 years old. Almost six years later, Elizabeth is known to watch out for her brother, and Dylan has a knack for making friends with everyone who comes his way.
Back to Health A to Z. It is present from birth. The gap is there because parts of the baby's face did not join together properly during development in the womb.
A birth defect is a problem that occurs when a baby is developing in utero in the womb. Approximately 1 out of every 33 babies in the United States is born with a birth defect. Birth defects can be minor or severe.
A birth defect is a condition that is present at birth. Some birth defects can be seen right after the baby is born, such as a clubfoot or extra fingers or toes. Special tests may be needed to find others, such as heart defects or hearing loss.
Anophthalmia is a birth defect where a baby is born without one or both eyes. Microphthalmia is a birth defect in which one or both eyes did not develop fully, so they are small. Click here to view a larger image.
Language: English French. Adolescence constitutes a major transition for extremely low birth weight ELBW teenagers. Recent studies of ELBW teenagers born in the s have provided information about the growth and developmental characteristics of these individuals in adolescence and in early adulthood.
When one looks closely, these differences become more apparent. However, there are conditions in children in which the normal minor differences are much more significant. Children born with this congenital condition have one half of the face that didn't develop as well as the other. It occurs during fetal development.
Click here to view a larger image. The lip forms between the fourth and seventh weeks of pregnancy. As a baby develops during pregnancy, body tissue and special cells from each side of the head grow toward the center of the face and join together to make the face.
Please sign in or sign up for a March of Dimes account to proceed. The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Learn how to help reduce your risk of some birth defects by getting a preconception checkupstaying at a healthy weight and avoiding alcohol and street drugs.