Hirschsprung’s Disease affect the gastro-intestinal system especially the large intestine. Hirschsprung is a congentinal disease in which newborn is generally constipated and unable to empty the bowel. In most cases, this appears in newborn, even they are not able to pass meconium (the first stool). Hirschsprung diseases occurs when baby’s intestinal nerve cells (ganglion cells) don’t develop properly, hence called congenital aganglionic megacolon.
Hirschsprung’s disease occurs in 1 out of every 5,000 live births and it may occur more in male than female.
Symptoms of Hirschsprung’s disease
First of all, No movement of bowel is the main symptom of Hirschsprung disease. Older children with Hirschsprung’s may have chronic (ongoing) constipation.
No bowel movement can cause infection around the stomach, and can cause enterocolitis, a life-threatening infection of the colon, and have bad cases of diarrhea and gas. Baby can also suffer from fever due to infection.
Due to constipation, there can be green or brown vomiting and swelling in stomach.
How does a doctor know if my child has Hirschsprung disease?
- Barium enema test
- Rectal suction biopsy
- Abdominal X-ray
- Anorectal manometry.
What is the treatment for Hirschsprung’s disease?
Specific treatment for Hirschsprung’s disease will be determined by your child’s doctor based on the following:
- The severity of constipation
- Your child’s age, overall health, and medical history
- Expectations for the course of the disorder
You can also take homeopathy for your child as homeopathy is best, safe and effective for babies.