The Possibility Of Megacolon Disease In Infants Recurs?

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, my son had megacolon and thank God it was operated on and everything went well. At that time my son was 1 month old, and now he is 3 years old. And there are almost never any digestive problems after that. But now my child is having diarrhea and it’s not like usual diarrhea, at first the diarrhea was runny, but after I gave lacto_b the liquid was gone .. The defecation was not liquid .. But strangely the intensity of the bowel movements didn’t decrease .. And it was accompanied by a strong smell. So my question is .. Is there a possibility that my child’s disease will recur? Thanks.

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Hello Rina, thank you for the question for HealthReplies.com

Megacolon disease in infants is most often caused by Hirschprung's disease. Hirschprung's disease is a condition in which one part of the large intestine has no innervation so it cannot move normally. Hirschprung's operation is performed by removing the abnormal part of the intestine so that it does not cause further intestinal obstruction problems. If the abnormal part of the intestine has been removed, the disease will disappear and will not come back (will not recur).


However, after surgery for Hirschprung, children can experience various chronic digestive disorders, such as constipation, incontinence (difficulty holding bowel movements), and abdominal pain. These problems can last until the child is an adult.


Diarrhea is not a complication of Hirschprung's disease or a consequence of surgery alone. Your child's diarrhea may be caused by an infection in the digestive tract. Diarrhea in children is most often caused by a viral infection, namely Rotavirus. This infection generally resolves on its own in 3-7 days. Children who experience diarrhea usually only need to give more fluids, especially fluids that contain electrolytes to prevent dehydration and electrolyte disturbances, and give zinc for 10-14 days. Probiotics (such as Lacto B) may be done.


If after 7 days the diarrhea still occurs or the frequency of bowel movements is still frequent, you can take your child to the pediatrician for further evaluation and management. If you see blood in the stool, the child vomits so badly that he can't eat, or you see signs of dehydration in the child, take him to the hospital immediately.


Here's an article you can read about children's diarrhea

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