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Colonoscopy In Children


A colonoscopy is a procedure to look at the inside of your child's colon (intestine) with a scope. A scope is a long, flexible tube, with a small light and a camera on the end. The camera is attached to a monitor that allows your child's healthcare provider to see inside of the colon. Your child may need a colonoscopy to look for inflammatory bowel disease or to remove tissue growths. He may also need a colonoscopy if he has chronic diarrhea or abdominal pain.


Seek care immediately if:

  • Your child has a large amount of bright red blood coming from his rectum or in his bowel movements.
  • Your child's stomach is very painful, feels hard, and is larger than usual.
  • Your child does not have a bowel movement for 3 days after his procedure.

Contact your child's healthcare provider if:

  • Your child has a fever or chills.
  • Your child is nauseated or is vomiting.
  • Your child's skin is itchy, swollen, or he has a rash.
  • You have questions or concerns about your child's condition or care.

Care for your child:

  • Limit your child's activity to prevent bleeding. Have your child lie on the couch or rest quietly until the day after his procedure. He may feel tired and need frequent naps. Your child can take short walks to the bathroom or around the house to help pass gas. He should not play sports or do vigorous activity after his procedure. He may be able to go to school the day after his procedure. Ask your healthcare provider when your child can return to his normal activities.
  • Relieve your child's gas and discomfort. Have your child lie on his left side. He may need to take short walks to help move the gas out. Give your child small meals until his bloating has improved. Start with clear liquids such as juice. If he does okay with clear liquids, start giving him his usual foods. Ask your child's healthcare provider if your child needs to be on a special diet.

Follow up with your child's healthcare provider as directed:

Ask your child's healthcare provider when and how you will get the test results. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your child's visits.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.