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How long does baby stool frequency associated with hirschsprung disease last?

How long does baby stool frequency associated with hirschsprung disease last?

Depends: It would depend on timing of definitive corrective surgery, antibiotic usage and resumption of normal diet. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Frequent Stools (Definition)

Your baby's bowel movements (stools) during the first two days will be black and tar-like (sticky and soft). Early and frequent breastfeeding during the first 48 hours will flush this sticky stool (meconium) from the infant's bowels. The stools will become somewhat runny or seedy. This is the normal stool consistency for a breastfed baby and should not be confused with diarrhea. During the first month, your baby may have a bowel movement after each breastfeeding. This frequency decreases with age. Don't worry if bowel movements occur after every feeding or every three days, as long as the pattern of bowel movements is regular and your baby is ...Read more


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Is hirschsprung disease dangerous to an infant?

Is hirschsprung disease dangerous to an infant?

Can be: Hirschsprung disease has occasionally gone un-diagnosed for a period of time & some kids have developed a severe enterocolitis & died during the illness. With diagnosis, monitoring& treatment a kid can have a realatively normal life. ...Read more

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Are mucousy or bloody stools in an infant associated with hirschsprung's disease?

Are mucousy or bloody stools in an infant associated with hirschsprung's disease?

Bloody stools: In an infant should absolutely be evaluated by your pediatrician asap. Hirschsprung's not a big one for bloody stools. Don't do online searches at your baby's expense. See your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Does anyone know of hirschsprung disease support groups or sites?

Does anyone know of hirschsprung disease support groups or sites?

Yes: There are several. You can google hirschsprung's disease and you will be surprised. ...Read more

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What are the diagnostic tests for hirschsprung disease post transanal endorectal?

Rectal suction biops: Rectal suction biopsy can be diagnostic. If indeterminate you need a full thickness biopsy ...Read more

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Was diagnosed with hirschsprung disease, had surgery & ok now.3 yrs later bowel only open once a week after massaging my tummy.Should i be worried?

Was diagnosed with hirschsprung disease, had surgery & ok now.3 yrs later bowel only open once a week after massaging my tummy.Should i be worried?

Need evaluation: This may be due to loss of ganglion cells in the pullthrough, that there is still hd and the pullthrough was not at the correct level, or you have hypertonicity to the sphincter (trial of Botox in the sphincter may help). Also, it was done late in life and the remaining colon may have lost motility because it had been 'obstructed' for a long time. Definitely need to be reevaluated and rebiopsied. ...Read more

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What can I do if hirschsprung disease runs in the family?

Provide information: There are some forms of hd that occur in familities and that may be the case here. A full term child should pass meconium(first stool) within 48 hours. If not, baby should be evaluated for hd. In preemies, on 80% pass stool at 48hours so it may be less likely. Also, rarely to preemies have hd-unkonwn why. However, you must tell your doc about this history so he/she can consider this if issues a. ...Read more

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Please can you advise me what to do and what are the treatment for hirschsprung disease because my daughter is very ill and we are from iraq?

Irrigations: If your child is very ill, irrigations with saline in small volumes in and out which can decompress the colon and bypass the obstruction. This is a temporizing measure. If she is sick, she needs attention. Someone diagnosed hd and should refer you to a pediatric surgeon for care. ...Read more

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How long does abdominal distension associated with hirschsprung disease last?

Age of correction: Most hd is diagnosed in infants and children. If delayed, the intestine become very dilated and less functional and remains distended. Early only, regular enemas will allow the bowel to come down in size. However, it may be a sign of recurrent/retained hd or a dysfunctional anal sphincter. This should be evaluated if continues. It also can be a sign of enterocolitis. Needs evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Troy Reyna
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Constipation (Child) (Definition)

Hirschsprung disease is a condition that a baby is born with, in which there are no nerve cells in the last part of the colon, resulting in blockage of stool passing (constipation) and abdominal distension. ...Read more


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