Colonoscopy Caring for Your Child
What to Expect
It is common to have bloating and gas pain because air was put into your child’s colon. Your child will feel better when he expels the air.
Your child may not have a bowel movement for 1-2 days.
After a polypectomy, or if biopsies were taken, a small amount of rectal bleeding may be present.
Rest today. Your child may resume his normal daily routine tomorrow.
You may resume your child’s routine medicines unless told otherwise.
Your child may resume his normal diet.
There may be some soreness or redness at the IV site for a day or two. You can relieve this by placing a warm, moist washcloth over the site. Please contact your child’s primary doctor if this does not improve in a couple of days.
Do not make any important decisions or return to school today.
Call your child’s doctor right away if your child has
• fever over 101° F
• abdominal pain
• large amount of rectal bleeding (greater than 1-2 tablespoons)
• extreme abdominal bloating
If you have questions or concerns, please call your child’s doctor or the Pediatric GI Clinic:
Pediatric Gastroenterology Clinic, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
After clinic hours, the clinic number will be answered by the paging operator. Ask for the Gastroenterology (GI) Fellow on call. Leave your name and phone number with the area code. The doctor will call you back.
If you live out of the area, call 1-800-323-8942.
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Last Updated: 08/28/2013
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