After each surgery, your child will remain in the hospital for a few days (length of stay varies on the child and the procedure performed) to allow time to recover and heal properly. Your child will receive pain management and hydration through an I.V. (special thin, plastic tube that stays in the blood vessel). They may also have a small tube in their nose that ends in their stomach.
Once the child’s intestines resume normal function (they are able to pass gas and stool on their own), the tube will be removed from their nose and they will be allowed to eat. When they are able to tolerate their feedings by mouth, the I.V. will be removed and they can go home.
If your child has an ostomy, one of the APRNs from the wound/ostomy team will meet with you in the hospital to develop a plan for at-home care.
If your child does not have an ostomy, then you will be given a skin care regimen to assist with their diaper rash. In the first few weeks after the colostomy is closed and stool comes through the neo-anus, expect that your child may have 8-12 stools per day initially. Over time, the number of stools will likely decrease although the exact number of stools depends on the child.