What is Rectal Prolapse?

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What is Rectal Prolapse?

Postby worryfather » Tue Dec 07, 2010 3:36 pm

Hi,

Just would like to share a medical condition that my daughter had couple of months ago.

It is called rectal prolapse.

According to wikipedia, Rectal Prolapse is a medical condition wherein the walls of the rectum protrude through the anus and hence become visible outside the body.

When it happens to our daughter and we had no idea what's that, we were freaked out!

My daughter had her 1st prolapse a few months ago. That time, it came out and went in very fast when my wife saw it. We didn't really worry about it.

A few weeks later, it happened again. My daughter refused to stand up from potty. We felt something amiss. We lifted her up from potty, and saw the prolapse. She thought the 'something' was her stool. We were traumatized, as we do not know what was it and why it is happening. I was carrying my daughter and wanted to put her down on the bed to clean it. My daughter kept crying and refused to lie down. After half an hour of carrying and coaxing, the prolapse went it. Immediately we went to consult our family doctor. He thought it was piles. Nevertheless, the doctor wrote a referral letter for us to consult specialist.

We went to consult Paed Surgeon, that's when we first heard about rectal prolapse. He said it was due to constipation. But our daughter pass motion everyday. He pointed out that she has hard stool. Hard stool causes her rectum to strain when there is bowel movement. After straining too much, rectum become loose and prolapse happens. He prescribed Fybogel (fibre) and Lactus (laxation).
We suspected it was her formula milk that cause hard stool. We switched to fresh milk.

The following week, it became worse!

It happened again! The prolapse lasted for one hour before went in, as we didn't know how to reduce it. And subsequently, it happens daily!! We went to consult another Paed surgeon. He also didn't give us any concrete solution, except reassured us that it is nothing major and it is curable by solving the hard stool.

We still worry...

We searched high and low for information and worry why our daughter has such uncommon problem. There were not many people who have this problem.
We read a few medical articles about it. We suspect it was due to cow's milk. Formula milk contains cow's milk too. Although formula milk has a lot of nutrients, but it doesn't contain fibre. It might cause constipation.

We decided to stop fresh milk and reduce my daughter formula milk intake as well. Give her a lot of food rich in fibre. It helps. At least it didn't happen for the past few weeks.

As it is an uncommon medical condition, there are limited information about it. Do take care of your kid's constipation problem and give them food rich in fibre. Prepare a healthy diet for your kids.

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Postby duriz » Wed Dec 08, 2010 4:46 pm

Thank you for sharing, worryfather.

What a terrible ordeal for your DD, wife and yourself.

I hope your DD never have to go through it again :pray:

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Postby worryfather » Wed Dec 08, 2010 10:23 pm

duriz wrote:Thank you for sharing, worryfather.

What a terrible ordeal for your DD, wife and yourself.

I hope your DD never have to go through it again :pray:


Thanks duriz. She is much better now.

It was quite a terrible experience. luckily it was not painful for my DD.
Now she can only take one time of formula milk with lactose, mostly on soy milk. But also read that soy milk is not so good also.

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Postby schweppes » Thu Dec 09, 2010 10:42 am

worryfather wrote:It was quite a terrible experience. luckily it was not painful for my DD.
Now she can only take one time of formula milk with lactose, mostly on soy milk. But also read that soy milk is not so good also.


Thanks for sharing, worryfather. Glad to hear that ur dd is better now.

What about rice milk or almond or hazelnut milk? You can try the Rice Dream range. It also comes with rice milk with carob (natural chocolate flavour). Get those enriched with Calcium, VitD, etc for a more fortified drink for your child.

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Postby duriz » Thu Dec 09, 2010 11:09 am

schweppes wrote:
worryfather wrote:It was quite a terrible experience. luckily it was not painful for my DD.
Now she can only take one time of formula milk with lactose, mostly on soy milk. But also read that soy milk is not so good also.


Thanks for sharing, worryfather. Glad to hear that ur dd is better now.

What about rice milk or almond or hazelnut milk? You can try the Rice Dream range. It also comes with rice milk with carob (natural chocolate flavour). Get those enriched with Calcium, VitD, etc for a more fortified drink for your child.


Good suggestions Mummy schweppes :hi5:

worryfather, if your DD is still on formula, can try Friso Comfort. Although it says for newborns and young infants, it is specially formulated for abdominal discomfort, constipation and irritable bowels. I'd asked my dietician friend, she said okay for older babies to take, and can mix with other formula milk or warmed fresh milk to drink.

Hope your DD is well and happy :pray:

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Postby MummyThreeStreams » Thu Dec 09, 2010 11:10 am

Worryfather,
Thanks for sharing. I can't imagine how traumatising it must have been for you guys! I'm glad to hear your DD is doing better, and i hope her condition continues to improve.

How old is your DD? I just wanted to let you know that it's OK for kids not to take (cow's or formula) milk. While animal milk is an excellent source of nutrients that a body needs, you can get the required nutrients through other foods, including rice 'milk'. My boys were breastfed, but when they reduced their breastmilk intake, we didn't really give them milk on a regular basis. They eat other foods and are growing well. I myself didn't really drink milk as a young child. As long as your daughter is having a balanced diet overall, i'm sure she will continue to grow well even if she has to reduce her milk intake due to this problem.

all the best!

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Postby worryfather » Thu Dec 09, 2010 2:29 pm

Hi schweppes, duriz, MummyThreeStreams,

Thanks all for your well wishes and suggestions!

We are thinking to switch to goat milk. Heard it is the next best after breast milk.

Else, like what MummyThreeStreams suggested, slowly reduce to maybe just one glass/milk bottle of formula milk per day.


MummyThreeStreams,
My DD is 2+. She has her three main meals daily. She still like to drink milk, so we give her milk before breakfast, before nap time and at night before she sleeps.

We try to make sure she has enough nutrition for her meals. On top of that, sometimes we will give her fruits, prune/prune juice, cheese..
And need to make sure she drinks plenty of water.

Think we cannot expect formula milk to work magic or provide all nutrition, still need to monitor to make sure our kids get balanced diet.

Thanks all!

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Postby kwokwc » Tue Dec 14, 2010 1:59 pm

Hi worryfather,

glad to know that your dd is much better now. I know that constipation is not good for all pp regardless of age. For my 1st dd, when she was young, she also had hard stool and not everyday she passed motion too. That time she was still on breastmilk. To say the truth, I was quite worried, bcos rightfully breastfeed babies should not have hard stool or constipation. But indeed she had that problem.

However, happen at that time, I joined a MLM - Elken, and I bought their spirulina and I let her eat. I must say, lucky at that time, I get to know spirulina and let her eat it, after taking her stool was softer and she pass motion daily. If for the day, I don't let her eat it, the next day, her stool will be hard again. At her age, I just gave her 1 small pill each day.

I know that goat milk is next best to breastmilk, however, goat milk is very heaty too. It will tend to cause constipation too. You might want to consider looking into spirulina or any other health supplement for your dd to eat.

For my 2nd dd (who just turn 2), I let her eat goat milk candies at time. Everytime after eating 3 candies, she will have harder stool. Now she is still breastfeeding and she eats a lot of fruits and vege. As her case is too as bad as my older girl, I didn't let her take spirulina. So if you are really considering taking goat milk, make sure you increase her fiber intake.

Like what you say, must watch our bowel movement. I do hear that some doc tell pp that it is alright to pass motion once in 3-4 days, but really it is not healthy as there will be a lot of toxins in our body. Normally should be at least 1 bowel movement daily.

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Postby worryfather » Wed Dec 15, 2010 1:49 pm

kwokwc wrote:Hi worryfather,

glad to know that your dd is much better now. I know that constipation is not good for all pp regardless of age. For my 1st dd, when she was young, she also had hard stool and not everyday she passed motion too. That time she was still on breastmilk. To say the truth, I was quite worried, bcos rightfully breastfeed babies should not have hard stool or constipation. But indeed she had that problem.

However, happen at that time, I joined a MLM - Elken, and I bought their spirulina and I let her eat. I must say, lucky at that time, I get to know spirulina and let her eat it, after taking her stool was softer and she pass motion daily. If for the day, I don't let her eat it, the next day, her stool will be hard again. At her age, I just gave her 1 small pill each day.

I know that goat milk is next best to breastmilk, however, goat milk is very heaty too. It will tend to cause constipation too. You might want to consider looking into spirulina or any other health supplement for your dd to eat.

For my 2nd dd (who just turn 2), I let her eat goat milk candies at time. Everytime after eating 3 candies, she will have harder stool. Now she is still breastfeeding and she eats a lot of fruits and vege. As her case is too as bad as my older girl, I didn't let her take spirulina. So if you are really considering taking goat milk, make sure you increase her fiber intake.

Like what you say, must watch our bowel movement. I do hear that some doc tell pp that it is alright to pass motion once in 3-4 days, but really it is not healthy as there will be a lot of toxins in our body. Normally should be at least 1 bowel movement daily.


Hi kwokwc,

Yeah.. sometimes kids have strong reaction to certain food, like your 2nd dd and my dd. a little bit of lactose, her stool will become hard immediately.

Thanks for your suggestion. For the time being, we will try not to give our kids any supplements or pill.

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Postby mrswongtuition » Wed Dec 15, 2010 8:48 pm

You can try oat milk. My nephew is allergic to cow's milk and goat's milk causes him to have constipation. My cousin gave him oat milk and he loves it.

This is the brand my cousin is getting: http://www.goodbargains.com.sg/bio_orga ... energy.htm

Another product you can consider is a powdered juice from fruits and vegetables.
http://www.iherb.com/Amazing-Grass-Kidz ... 18227?at=0
(Used discount code YAF688 for first purchase to get $5 off. Direct shipping to SG.)

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