This is where the colon or small bowel is attached to an opening in the wall of the abdomen called a stoma, so that his poo can bypass the damaged section of the gut and collect in a bag. Coping with this at home may sound very daunting, but many people do.
How to manage colostomy or ileostomy
Your healthcare team will show you how to prepare the bag, drain and secure it, change it, and care for the skin around the stoma (opening). They will also tell you what to do if you notice constipation or diarrhoea, or problems with the stoma. A healthy stoma is red/pink in colour. If the stoma appears darker in colour you should call your healthcare team.
The Great Ormond Street Hospital has detailed guidance on caring for a colostomy of ileostomy.
If your premature baby is unwell or is suffering from discomfort such as constipation it's important to seek expert advice. However, there are also things you can do to help him feel better.
The early days at home with your premature baby can be a steep learning curve, especially if he still needs support with breathing or feeding. We answer some of your questions.
Premature babies are more susceptible to certain health problems than term babies, so your healthcare team will take special care when assessing your child's development.
Premature birth can affect the way your child develops. Early intervention is important, so assessments from your healthcare team are crucial in ensuring that your baby gets the right care.
Most babies have to fight colds and tummy bugs. The good news is that each infection your baby gets will strengthen his immunity. Unfortunately, infants pick up small colds fairly frequently.
It's important to seek advice promptly if you need help with breastfeeding or tube feeding at home.
- Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Trust (2010) Stoma care, http://www.gosh.nhs.uk/health-professionals/clinical-guidelines/stoma-care/
ℹLast reviewed on April 1st, 2012. Next review date April 1st, 2015.