Congenital megacolon or congenital aganglionic megacolon is a disease which is caused due to the absence of forming of the nerve cells in the large intestine, nerves are responsible for stimulating the muscles to move the bowel to the rectum. When the nerves are absent, the muscles fail to push the waste to the anus.

Home Remedies for Congenital Megacolon or Congenital Aganglionic Megacolon

In this article you will read about the home remedies for congenital megacolon or congenital aganglionic megacolon, Diet and nutrition, recovery period/healing time, prognosis and prevention of congenital megacolon or congenital aganglionic megacolon.

Home Remedies for Congenital Megacolon or Congenital Aganglionic Megacolon

Below mentioned are some of the home remedies for congenital megacolon or congenital aganglionic megacolon:

If constipation is experienced by the child after surgery for congenital megacolon or congenital aganglionic megacolon, following steps should be taken:

  • Serving foods with high fiber content is the best home remedy for congenital megacolon or congenital aganglionic megacolon. Encourage the child to have high fiber food such as wheat bread that includes whole grain components. Refined grains should not be consumed because oily food can do more harm than good for long term perspective. Moreover, fatty food should be avoided by the users. They include meat and butter because the fat is not easily digested and can clog the intestine. A sudden increase in the high fiber food would cause constipation issues. Therefore, increase the intake slowly over a period of time.
  • Increasing the amount of fluid consumption is a great home remedy for congenital megacolon or congenital aganglionic megacolon. The kid should consume copious amount of water on a daily basis. Colon extracts water from the food however when it is removed, the kid needs to increase the intake of water to remain hydrated. It will go a long way in controlling the problem of constipation. In the absence of colon, the water level in the blood might drop to dangerous levels.
  • Encouraging physical activity is another home remedy for congenital megacolon or congenital aganglionic megacolon. Aerobic exercise plays a very important role in improving the health of the patients.
  • Taking laxatives in some cases is also a home remedy for congenital megacolon or congenital aganglionic megacolon. Laxatives go a long way in relieving the kids from constipations. You can get further information from the doctor.

Recovery Period/Healing Time for Congenital Megacolon or Congenital Aganglionic Megacolon

The recovery period/ healing time for congenital megacolon or congenital aganglionic megacolon depends on the extent of the infection to the intestine. If large numbers of nerve cells are absent, it will take lot of time for the colon to recover/ heal. Even after colostomy, the following problems can occur to the babies and kids with congenital megacolon or congenital aganglionic megacolon:

  • The stools would be loose in the initial period after the operation for congenital megacolon or congenital aganglionic megacolon. If the child is experiencing skin irritation in the anal area, it is important for the parents to apply cream.
  • Kids should spend some time on the toilet for the bowel movement to ensure the passage of the stool.
  • Bowel movement might face issues because of narrow anal opening. Dilation technique is used to stretch the muscles for seamless flow of stool.

If large portion of the intestinal linings is removed, it would cause problems to the kids as far as the absorption of water and digested food are concerned. Decreasing the length of the intestine to a great extent can cause health issues to the child. Therefore, it is important to consult the doctor before proceeding ahead with operation.

Diet and Nutrition for Congenital Megacolon or Congenital Aganglionic Megacolon

The parents of the babies and kids with congenital megacolon or congenital aganglionic megacolon should really watch for the diet and nutrition. It is better to consult a nutritionist for congenital megacolon or congenital aganglionic megacolon. Pull through procedure can lead to large scale cutting of the intestines; therefore the capacity of the body to absorb liquid can decrease significantly. It is an alarming situation; therefore the child should consume lots of water on a daily basis. Drinking water would help to improve the health of the patient by many notches. Feeding tube is inserted in to the abdomen and runs directly to the small intestine. Milk and liquid is passed through it to provide necessary nutrition to the child.

Fiber rich food plays a very important role in eliminating the problem of the constipation. It is bound to help in the seamless movement of the bowels. Whole grain bread along with fresh vegetables and fruits can go a long way in enhancing the health prospects of the patients with congenital megacolon or congenital aganglionic megacolon. Laxatives can also be administered to the children to have desired effect, it is important to consult the doctor before providing laxatives to the infant with congenital megacolon or congenital aganglionic megacolon.

Prognosis/Outlook for Congenital Megacolon or Congenital Aganglionic Megacolon

The prognosis/outlook is good for congenital megacolon or congenital aganglionic megacolon. Surgery provides the best opportunity to the children to recover from the congenital megacolon or congenital aganglionic megacolon problem.

Children suffering from congenital megacolon or congenital aganglionic megacolon should get the treatment early on so that they are able recover in a quick and effective manner. If small amount of intestine is removed, the patient has a better chance of survival.

Once the surgery is performed, the symptoms would disappear however the kids would still be affected with loose stools or may pass the waste without even feeling the urge. It is important for the parents to help the kids recuperate and lead a better life.

If large portion of intestine is removed during the surgery for congenital megacolon or congenital aganglionic megacolon, the child can face long term repercussions. For instance, new born may not develop in a proper manner and face trouble in absorbing the liquid. They may also get infected with different diseases. Hence parents should consult the doctor for necessary prescriptions and dietary changes to improve the quality of life and also limit the negative impact of the surgery.

Prevention of Congenital Megacolon or Congenital Aganglionic Megacolon

It is impossible to ward off the occurrences of congenital megacolon or congenital aganglionic megacolon due to genetic issues however the infant should be immediately referred to the doctor to check the possibility of the occurrence of the disease.

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Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD, FFARCSI

Last Modified On: July 27, 2016

Pain Assist Inc.

Pramod Kerkar
  Note: Information provided is not a substitute for physician, hospital or any form of medical care. Examination and Investigation is necessary for correct diagnosis.

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