Intussusception Surgical Repair In Children
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Intussusception Surgical Repair In Children (Discharge Care) Care Guide
- Intussusception Surgical Repair In Children Discharge Care
- Intussusception Surgical Repair In Children Inpatient Care
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- Intussusception (n-tuh-suh-SEP-shun) happens when a part of the intestines (bowel) folds into or inside of itself. It may look like a collapsed telescope or have the "inside-out" look of a tight sock after you have pulled your foot out. Intussusception may become swollen and decrease the blood supply to the folded-in section of bowel. If the blood vessels cannot carry enough blood to the folded-in bowel, this section of bowel may get sick or die. Sick bowel may begin to bleed and rip or tear. If the bowel tears, this could cause your child's belly to become swollen and infected. Intussusception is a medical emergency.
- Sometimes, an intussusception will unfold by itself. More often, caregivers must fix the bowel. Your child's caregivers may give your child a barium or air enema (N-ih-muh) to unfold the bowel. Caregivers may do surgery if the enema does not work or if the intussusception makes your child very sick.
AFTER YOU LEAVE:
- Keep a written list of the medicines your child takes and when and why your child takes them. Bring the list of your child's medicines or the pill bottles when you visit your child's caregivers. Ask your child's caregiver for more information about the medicines. Do not give any medicines to your child before asking your child's caregiver. This includes prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, herbs, or food supplements.
- Always give your child's medicine as directed by caregivers. Call your child's caregiver if you think your child's medicines are not helping. Call your child's caregiver if you feel your child is having side effects. Do not quit giving the medicines to your child until you ask your child's caregiver. If your child is taking antibiotics (an-ti-bi-AH-tiks), give them until they are all gone. Even if your child seems to feel better.
- Do not give aspirin to your child without first asking your child's caregiver. Giving aspirin to your child when he is ill may cause a very serious illness called Reye's syndrome. Read medicine labels to see if your child's medicine has aspirin in it.
When is my child's next medical appointment?
Ask for more information about where and when to take your child for follow-up visits:
For continuing care, treatments, or home services for your child, ask for information.
When can my child do his normal activity?
Children usually get better quickly after surgery. Resting helps your child's body heal itself. Encourage your child to rest as much as needed. Do not allow your child to cry hard for long periods of time.
When can my child take a bath?
Steristrips (thin strips of tape) are small pieces of tape over an incision (cut from surgery). Ask your child's caregiver when your child can take his first bath after surgery. Your child should be able to bathe and shower with the stitches or steristrips on. As the steristrips start to peel off, let them fall off by themselves. Do not pull them off. Carefully wash your child's belly area with soap and water, then pat dry with a towel. Afterwards, put on a clean, new bandage. Change your child's bandage any time it gets wet or dirty.
What can my child eat?
- Unless your child's caregiver gives you special instructions, your child may eat a regular diet. If your child is a baby, give him breast milk or a formula that your caregiver tells you to use. Ask your child's caregiver how much breast milk or formula your child should drink each day. Do not try to force your child to eat more.
- If your child is older, feed your child healthy food from all 5 food groups: fruits, vegetables, breads, dairy products, meats and fish. Eating healthy foods may help your child feel better and have more energy. It may also help your child get better faster.
What about other illnesses?
Keep your child away from people who have colds, flu, or other illnesses that are easily spread. Also try to keep your child away from large groups of people while he is recovering from surgery. This decreases your child's chance of getting sick or getting an infection.
CONTACT A CAREGIVER IF:
- Your child has a fever.
- Your child has pus or bad-smelling fluid coming from his incision (cut). This could mean your child has an infection.
- You have questions or concerns about intussusception, your child's surgery, or his care.
SEEK CARE IMMEDIATELY IF:Your child starts having signs and symptoms of intussusception again:
- Pain or swollen belly.
- Bowel movement (BM) that looks like red jelly.
- Vomits (throws up) 3 times or more in one day.
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