Preparing for your appointment

Emergency medical care is required to treat intussusception. You may not have much time to prepare for an appointment.

What to expect from your doctor

Your child's doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, including:

  • When did your child begin experiencing abdominal pain or other symptoms?
  • Does your child's pain appear to be continuous — or is it occurring off and on?
  • Does the pain begin and end suddenly?
  • Has your child experienced nausea, vomiting or diarrhea?
  • Have you noticed any blood in your child's stool?
  • Have you noticed any swelling or a lump in your child's abdomen?

What you can do in the meantime

Don't give your child any over-the-counter medications to treat symptoms before the appointment. Don't give your child anything to eat if you see any of the signs or symptoms of intussusception. Seek immediate medical attention.

Dec. 19, 2015
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