Caring for Your Child after a Colonoscopy
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
ξ fever over 101° F
ξ abdominal pain
ξ large amount of rectal bleeding (greater than 1-2 tablespoons)
ξ extreme abdominal bloating
If you have questions or concerns, please call your child’s doctor or the Pediatric GI
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.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 1/2016 University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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