Discharge Instructions for Intussusception (Pediatric)

Discharge Instructions for Intussusception (Pediatric)

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Discharge Instructions for Intussusception

Your child was diagnosed with intussusception. This is a condition where a portion of intestine slides inside another portion. This happens in the same way that parts of a telescope slide inside each other when you close it. Blood supply to part of the intestine could then become blocked. This can cause severe damage if not treated. Intussusception can happen anywhere in the bowel. It is most common where the large intestine and small intestine meet. The cause of intussusception is often unknown.

A fluid or air enema is often used to both diagnose and treat the problem. A flexible tube is used to put fluid or air into the intestine. Then, special X-rays are taken. The force of the fluid or air entering the intestine often straightens it.

Home care

  • Allow your child to return to normal activity as soon as he or she feels up to it.

  • Watch your child for signs that the condition has returned. Intussusception can sometimes come back.

  • Feed your child a normal diet.

Follow-up care

Make a follow-up appointment as directed by our staff.

When to call your child’s doctor

Call the doctor right away if your child has any of the following:

  • Pain in the abdomen that comes and goes

  • Constant pain in the abdoment that does not improve or seems to be worsening

  • Vomiting

  • Extreme sluggishness, tiredness, or fatigue

  • Dark, mucus-like, bloody stools

  • Pale skin color

  • A rectal temperature of 100.4°F (38.0°C) or higher in an infant younger than 3 months

  • A rectal temperature of 102°F (39.0°C) or higher in a child 3 to 36 months old

  • A temperature of 103°F (39.4°C) or higher in a child of any age

  • A fever that lasts more than 24 hours in a child younger than 2 years or for 3 days in a child 2 years or older

  • A seizure caused by the fever