Hirschsprung's Disease - Home Treatment
Home treatment is not appropriate if
you believe your child has symptoms of
Hirschsprung's disease. See your doctor. But if your
child has had surgery for this condition, you can take measures at home to help
you manage your child's recovery and any long-term effects of the
If your child has a
colostomy after surgery, a health professional will
teach you how to care for it. The health professional may meet with you while
your child is at the hospital and then follow up with later visits in your
home. For more information, see:
Bowel Disease: Caring for Your Ostomy.
After surgery, also watch for signs of complications, such
as fever, pain, or redness and warmth around the incision. Severe abdominal
pain, vomiting, or bleeding from the rectum should be immediately reported to
Children successfully treated for Hirschsprung's
disease may leak stool (fecal incontinence) for years after the surgery.
Chronic problems with diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal aches can also
occur. The causes for these problems vary. A colon manometry is a procedure
that can help doctors diagnose and treat the problem. But it is only done in a
few specialized centers.3 If your child continually
struggles with bothersome symptoms, talk to your doctor about the possibility
of getting a colon manometry.