Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Ally | 2009/07/29


Polyhidramnios / eusophogeal fistal / artresia

Dear Doctor, I would like to ask your opinion, but realise that the answer might not be as easy, as you do not know all the facts. I will try to give you a detailed brief.

I had polyhidramnios during my pregnancy and was hospitalised at the Panorama Medi-Clinic for the last 14 weeks of my pregnancy. Detailed scans showed that my daughter had a eusophogeal fistal. Her stomach was minute. We could trace the flow of the amniotic fluid from her mouth (when she swallowed), down the eusophogus, but that was where it stopped. As my pregnancy progressed, we could follow the flow of the amniotic fluid into her lungs. Then, at 36 weeks, the size of her stomach finally started to increase. I was induced at 38 weeks.

At the time of her birth, the doctors prepared themselves for an immediate operation to fix the following: They said that the eusophogus was connected to the stomach, but also to the trachea. They would have had to correct that connection straight after birth.

Fortunately for us, a mirracle happened, and after several tests at birth, our daughter was 100% health, with no birth defects. There was no fistal or artresia, and thus no operation.

As a baby she suffered from reflux and was treated with Losec (2 tablets daily). I started feeding her rice porridge at the age of 5 months, and this made a difference to the reflux. I breastfed her until she was 16 months old.

She is now 35 months old.

Our daughter vomits very easily. Whenever she has pain and fever (38 +), when she has a common cold or a sinus drip, or even when she has an ear infection.

Could this be due to the problems during my pregnancy? Could it at all be that there is a very slight abnormality in her eusophogus? Or is this very normal for children to vomit so easily?

Do you think I need to have medical tests done to rule out any abnormalities?

What, in your opinion, would you say is the chances of a second pregnancy going the same route?

I look forward to your reply.

A very concerned (and sometimes paranoid) mom

Expert's Reply



You can accept that your little girl is completely normal, despite what the gynae and the ultrasound expert predicted during your pregnancy.Your daughter has been through the reflux stage and this is now over. She appears to be having a problem with a post nasal drip probably as a result of enlarged adenoids. The mucous resulting from the drip lands up in the stomach and causes nausea in th early mornings in particular.This is a very common problem at this age. Your daughter needs to be seen by an ENT specialist .
It is highly unlikely that you will have the same experience during your next pregnancy.

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