PROLAPSE OF THE RECTUM
Do not be unduly worried if you notice that your toddler
or preschool child’s rectum is coming out of the anus as
a red mass. It may go back on its own or may need to be pushed back.
CAUSES: Known causes are related to whipworms, giardiasis, severe diarrhoea,
constipation, severe bouts
of cough, and malnutrition. Whatever the cause, this needs
to be treated by your doctor. In some cases, no cause is found
and the condition improves spontaneously after it happens a couple of times.
TREATMENT: For temporary
relief, take a handkerchief or any clean piece of cloth, dip it in warm water and
gently push the mass inside with your index finger wrapped with
the warm wet cloth. If it still tends to come out, bring the buttocks together and strap them with a
(x-shaped) that is kept in place with sticking plaster. Improve the
child’s nutrition and discourage him from sitting on the toilet
for prolonged periods of time.
Consult your doctor. Surgery may be needed in rare cases.
11 February, 2013