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Intussusception in Children
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Intussusception is a condition that causes part of the bowel to fold into itself like a telescope. The fold blocks the bowel and its blood supply, which can damage the bowel. Intussusception often involves both small and large bowels. It is the most common cause of bowel obstruction in children.
Your child may need any of the following:
- Acetaminophen decreases your child's fever. It is available without a doctor's order. Ask your child's healthcare provider how much to give your child and how often to give it. Follow directions. Acetaminophen can cause liver damage if not taken correctly.
- NSAIDs , such as ibuprofen, help decrease swelling, pain, and fever. This medicine is available with or without a doctor's order. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. If your child takes blood thinner medicine, always ask if NSAIDs are safe for him or her. Always read the medicine label and follow directions. Do not give these medicines to children under 6 months of age without direction from your child's healthcare provider.
- Do not give aspirin to children under 18 years of age. Your child could develop Reye syndrome if he takes aspirin. Reye syndrome can cause life-threatening brain and liver damage. Check your child's medicine labels for aspirin, salicylates, or oil of wintergreen.
- Give your child's medicine as directed. Contact your child's healthcare provider if you think the medicine is not working as expected. Tell him or her if your child is allergic to any medicine. Keep a current list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs your child takes. Include the amounts, and when, how, and why they are taken. Bring the list or the medicines in their containers to follow-up visits. Carry your child's medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your child's healthcare provider in 1 to 2 weeks:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Give your child a variety of healthy foods. This includes fruits, vegetables, whole-grain breads, low-fat dairy products, beans, lean meats, and fish. Ask if your child needs to be on a special diet. Continue to breastfeed or bottle feed your infant.
Contact your child's healthcare provider if:
- Your child has a fever.
- Your child's symptoms return.
- Your child is irritable, fussy, and crying more than usual.
- Your child is eating and drinking less than usual.
- Your child is urinating less than usual.
- You have questions or concerns about your child's condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- Your child has severe pain and a swollen abdomen.
- Your child is not urinating.
- Your child is weak or sleeps more than usual.
- Your child's bowel movement has blood in it or looks like red jelly.
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