The subject of colic is something very common in the world of motherhood. After all who has not spent a sleepless night with their son crying in pain and it seems that nothing resolves and relieves. The cramping abdominal generate a great discomfort that causes babies to shrink your legs so much pain, looking for a way to pass. In most cases, these abdominal cramps are generated by the passage of air through the intestine, also known as the famous gases. As it passes through the intestine, it expands and activates pain receptors in the brain and only disappears when completely eliminated, through the “puns”. But intense pain in the abdomen is not always colic and can also fit into a problem called intestinal invagination, did you know?
Intestinal invagination is a practically unknown occurrence among parents and unfortunately they only discover it when they are faced with the diagnosis at hand. It is identified as the most frequent cause of intestinal obstruction in babies from 3 months to 3 years of age, being more frequent in boys than in girls. Intestinal invagination is identified as an anomaly of the intestine, where a small part of it begins to be pushed into the internal part as if it were the finger of a glove turned inside out. As a result, the intestinal walls are tight, making it impossible for feces and gases to pass, causing severe pain in the abdomen.
The symptoms of intestinal invagination extend to vomiting, a momentary lull in the baby that seems to have improved and in the last cases the appearance of blood in the stool , also described by doctors as “strawberry jam”. The appearance of this bloody mucus points to an aggravation of the condition and should receive surgical urgency so that it does not lead to intestinal necrosis.
How to Diagnose and Treat Intestinal Invagination?
Through a nasogastric tube, it is inserted into the intestine through the anus, where water, air and material for contrast will be injected so that the intestine returns to its place. The entire procedure is controlled and accompanied by ultrasound or radiography . If it is not possible to reverse the intestinal invagination through this procedure, surgical intervention is necessary where the affected part of the intestine must be removed.
Unfortunately, there are no ways to prevent intestinal invagination, as this is an unpredictable pathology. Indicated as the main cause of the disease the presence of tumors in the walls of the intestine , which end up being pulled by the natural movement of expulsion from the intestine. In adulthood, intestinal invagination is practically nil, it occurs in only about 1% of cases and when it is related to malignant tumors or other pathological changes. The post-surgical repair of intestinal invagination is considered to be peaceful. There may be occurrences of abdominal pain and discomfort due to the intervention, but it will be recommended by the medicine specialist to ease the discomfort until total healing.
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.