Birth Defects

Roughly one in every 33 babies is born with a birth defect according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Learn about biochemical birth defects, Spina Bifida, and more.


Dr. Alan Greene answers the question, When is the lump on my son's head likely to subside?

Physical Impairments at Birth

Symptoms and treatments for four conditions.

9 Birth Defects and Their Symptoms and Treatments

Here's a primer on nine of the most common birth defects: their prevalence, causes, symptoms, and treatment.

Caring for a Baby With Cerebral Palsy

Taking care of a baby with cerebral palsy requires extra TLC. Here's what to expect and how to help your infant with cerebral palsy thrive.

Birthmark Questions

Wondering about your infant's skin blotches? Find out which ones to ignore and which to investigate.

How Do You Know If Your Baby Has a Heart Defect?

The signs and symptoms of heart problems in babies.

Caring for a Baby With Down Syndrome

A baby with Down syndrome requires extra attention. Find out what to pay attention to and how to care for your little one.

Baby Care Basics: Allergies

Did you know that babies as young as six months old can have environmental allergies? See if your child may be suffering from them.

Understanding My Daughter's Dwarfism

The Dedmans knew their baby girl would be different from other kids, but they didn't know how much she would inspire them.

'My Son Has Microcephaly': One Mom's Story

When her son still hadn't mastered basics like sitting up unassisted, walking, or talking by 18 months, one mom had no idea microcephaly was the reason.

Microcephaly: What You Should Know About This Birth Defect

Learn about microcephaly, the rare birth defect now making news as a possible effect of the Zika virus.

After a 12-Week-Old Was Bullied, His Parents Were Surprised by the Kindness of Strangers

One family recieves a heartwarming gift for their son, born with a cleft lip and palate.

What to Do About Birthmarks

Serious birthmarks are surprisingly common. The good news: Doctors are finding new ways to treat them.

Baby Care Basics: When a Baby Has a Birth Defect

If your baby has a birth defect, there are many organzations that can help you care for your bundle of joy. Learn more about how to cope emotionally and the resources that are available to you.

Caring for a Baby With Cystic Fibrosis

If your baby is diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, caring for him will require extra TLC. We'll break down what to expect and what to do.

What is Spina Bifida?

Spina Bifida is one of the most common birth defects in the United States, but your child can still live a full and happy life. Here's everything you need to know about the condition.

Biochemical Birth Defects

What causes genetic defects and how can they be treated?

1-Year-Old Baby Addie Grace Loses Her Battle With Rare Disease

Almost exactly two months after the Clemson community rallied around a terminally ill baby, the child has passed away.

Miracle Baby Born With 80 Percent of His Brain Missing Turns 2

Jaxon Buell continues to inspire families with his amazing story of survival against all odds.

The Latest on Zika: The Good, the Bad, and the Future

There's some encouraging news about Zika on the horizon.

CDC Reports Alarming Increase in Serious Birth Defect Gastroschisis

Here's what you need to know about gastroschisis.

We Continue to Learn More Ways Zika Can Harm Babies

Deep breath. Even though it's scary, this is information we need to know.

Pediatric Plastic Surgery

Thanks to new techniques and medical advancements, doctors can now simply and successfully correct facial disfigurements like birthmarks and droopy eyelids. The four children we profile here each underwent cutting-edge surgery with amazing results.

This Little Girl Born With Her Heart Outside Her Body Is Defying All Odds!

Ninety percent of babies born with ectopia cordis die within days or are stillborn, but Kieran Veitz is now almost 2!