Pediatric inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a group of conditions that causes inflammation of the digestive tract. These conditions are chronic, but with our help, your child can manage the symptoms and achieve clinical remission.
Your doctor may refer to these conditions as autoimmune diseases. That means that your child’s immune system has an abnormal reaction to the food and bacteria in the intestines and attacks the intestine’s cells. This attack creates chronic inflammation.
There are a number of tests that are used to diagnose inflammatory bowel disease. Your child’s doctor may use a combination of
The Gastroenterology Division’s Therapeutic Endoscopy Unit at Children’s Health is one of only a few facilities in the country that has developed a balloon procedure to be used in the diagnosis of small intestine conditions in children.
Although the cause of IBD isn’t known, it is believed to be from a combination of genetic (inherited), immunologic and environmental factors.
Your child will be treated by a medical team composed of specialists in pediatric gastroenterology, nutrition, psychiatry, psychology, surgery, ostomy and wound healing, child life and social work.
Customary IBD treatment may include:
Your child’s doctor also may use:
There are many reasons that this may happen. If your child has grown since this pouching system was first used, your child may need the next size. If this is not the case then it may be due to the way you clean and prep the child’s skin before placement of the pouching system and/or failure to empty the pouch when it is 1/3 to ½ full of stool. Some skin care products will also affect the sticking of the pouch.
We would like an ileostomy pouch to last 1-2 days for an infant and 2-3 days for a bigger child. The pouch should be changed if there is leakage of the stool contents and/or the pouch is not adhering to the skin. When pouches have to be changed out more than once a day it should be addressed by one of the wound, ostomy and continence nurses in order to evaluate why this is occurring.
When you remove the pouching system wafer, look on the back and see if there is any damage to it. If so this means that leakage of stool got underneath the wafer causing the irritation and moisture. This may require that you change the pouching system more frequently or you may even need something to help it form a better seal such as an Eakins ring. Sometimes if the stoma doesn’t stick out far enough it is hard to get a good seal. The skin will need to be treated as well.
While we only carry a small amount of different pouches at the hospital, we can sometimes order your child something different through the DME (supply) company. This may be limited depending on your child’s insurance. Many ostomy companies will send out free samples to try which is a good idea. This is helpful in determining the best product for your child before asking for the supply company to change the current order.
Call our office to set up a time for additional training with our ostomy nurse. If your child is not an active patient in our office, then your child’s primary care doctor will need to send a referral.