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My 6 year old daughter has had problems with her bowels for years. Recently had get an enema. Her dr hasn't testd her for anything. Could it b chrohns?
Stool retention: I would have her evaluated by a developmental pediatrician.My evaluation of such cases includes a general & dietary history, time of onset, previous treatments & successes.An exam that focuses on the abdomen & rectum, abdominal x-ray & occasionally a contrast enema.Most kids who reach this level of dysfunction need a bowel rehab plan that requires 6m of effort & lots of tears & frustration.Good luck. ...Read more
When you get a barium enema, how long or round is piece that is inserted into rectum? I am nervous about the whole procedure!
Not Big: I've been the inserter and the insertee. The tip is about as thick as an index finger with a mild area of widening about an inch from the end of the tip. A small balloon may be inflated after the tip is inserted (with lots of lubricant). The balloon helps you keep the enema from leaking out. Only a few inches of the tip will get inserted. Try not to get too worked up. The prep is a bigger deal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It is uncomfortable: Most patients tolerate the procedure very well. I think younger patients fare better. There is much turning and rolling during the procedure to coat the mucosa. The colon has to be distended with air to image the colon lining. This is uncomfortable and varies for each patient. This does not last long. Being well prepped(bowel cleansing) and relaxed for the exam helps. ...Read more
Relax...: Try taking some deep breaths. Remember that area of the body will open to even the slightest stroke so your body will do 90% of the work if you don't tense up. Easier said than done, right? So try a warm bath or shower, deep breaths, ipod (music) and good thoughts prior to these procedures. ...Read more
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