Your child will be sedated for the surgery, and will need to stay in the hospital for a few days to recover from the procedure. While in the hospital, your child will receive IV fluids and antibiotics to help prevent infection, and pain medication, if needed. A nurse will teach you how to care for your child’s ileostomy before you leave the hospital, and advise you on any dietary changes you may need to make.
Stomas come in different shapes and sizes, and it is normal for the stoma to be deep red or pink. Stool that is coming through the stoma contains digestive enzymes, which can irritate the skin. It is very important to protect the skin around your child’s stoma with special products that act like barriers.
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