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Rectal Prolapse in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is a rectal prolapse?

A rectal prolapse is a condition that causes part of your child's rectum to move down through his or her anus. The rectum is the end of your child's bowel. A prolapse may happen during your child's bowel movement. A prolapse may also happen when your child is 1 to 5 years of age, when he or she begins standing or potty training. The cause of your child's rectal prolapse may not be known.

What increases my child's risk for a rectal prolapse?

What are the signs and symptoms of a rectal prolapse?

How is a rectal prolapse diagnosed?

Your child's healthcare provider will examine your child's anus to check for a rectal prolapse. The provider may also check for rectal polyps. A rectal polyp is a small growth of tissue in the lining of the rectum. Your child's provider may also feel inside your child's anus to check for bumps that cannot be seen from the outside. You may be asked about your child's bowel habits. Tell your child's provider about other medical conditions your child has. Your child may need any of the following tests:

How is a rectal prolapse treated?

A rectal prolapse may get better without treatment. Your child may need any of the following:

What is manual reduction of a rectal prolapse?

Manual reduction is a procedure you can do to place your child's rectum back inside of the anus. Your child's healthcare provider may show you how to do a manual reduction. The following are general steps to follow. Your child's healthcare provider may give you specific steps to follow for your child.

How can I manage my child's rectal prolapse?

Call 911 for any of the following:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my child's healthcare provider?

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