Sometimes all or part of your child’s bowel or bladder needs to be removed to treat a disease. Your child may then need a new way for bowel movements or urine to leave the body. The surgeon can make a new passageway for bowel movements or urine by making an opening in the belly. The opening is called an ostomy. The surgeon uses part of the bowel (intestine) to create the passageway through this opening for emptying bowel movements. A piece of bowel, or part of the ureter, the tube that drains urine from the kidney, may be used to create the opening for emptying urine. The part that surrounds the opening on the skin is called the stoma.
The stoma is protected with an appliance. Many types of ostomy appliances may be used. The appliance may be a cover or cap for the stoma. Or it may be an ostomy bag that collects bowel movements or urine. The type your child has depends on his needs and the type of ostomy he has. Talk with your healthcare provider about this.
Most hospitals have specially trained staff who will teach you how to change and care for your child’s ostomy. You may want to have other family members also learn about ostomy care so they can help you and give you support. Some of the things you will learn include:
Also ask your provider about any changes your child should make in his normal lifestyle. For example:
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