Treatments for Enterocolitis

A child with enterocolitis needs to go to the hospital, because enterocolitis can be life threatening. Doctors can treat some children with enterocolitis with a special antibiotic by mouth, often in combination with rectal irrigation at home and in the doctor’s office. During rectal irrigation, a doctor inserts a small amount of mild salt water into the child’s rectum and allows it to come back out.

Doctors will admit children with more severe symptoms of enterocolitis to the hospital for monitoring, rectal irrigation, and intravenous (IV) antibiotics and IV fluid. Doctors give IV antibiotics and fluids through a tube inserted into a vein in the child’s arm. In severe or repeated cases of enterocolitis, a child may need a temporary ostomy to let the intestine heal or a revision of the pull-through surgery.

Source: NIDDK (NIH)1

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  1. Source: NIDDK (NIH): health-information/ digestive-diseases/ hirschsprung-disease

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