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Cystic fibrosis

This information from Great Ormond Street Hospital is about cystic fibrosis (CF) – an inherited disease primarily affecting the lungs and digestive system. It happens because the gene that is responsible for making mucus is faulty. Normally, the mucus that lines our internal organs is clear, lubricating and protects against infection. In babies with CF, it is thick, congesting and prone to infection. 

Diaphragmatic hernia

The diaphragm is a curved muscle that separates the contents of the chest from the abdomen (tummy). Diaphragmatic hernias occur when the diaphragm does not form completely, leaving a hole.This page explains about diaphragmatic hernias, how they are treated and what to expect when a child comes to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for treatment.

Duodenal atresia

Duodenal atresia means the duodenum, which is the first part of the small intestine just beyond the stomach, is closed off rather than being a tube. This stops food and fluid passing from the stomach into the intestines.This page explains about duodenal atresia, how it is treated and what to expect when a child comes to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for treatment.

Eczema

Eczema is a very common skin condition affecting at least one in every five children. Eczema makes the skin very itchy, red, dry and cracked. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains the causes, symptoms and treatment of eczema and indicates where to get help.