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Pain in the opening to the rectum (anus) can be caused by diarrhea or constipation. Another common cause is a tear in the lining of the lower rectum caused by a minor injury like scratching or passing a hard stool. This is called an anal fissure. This type of anal pain often goes away when the original problem clears up. Injury from an object being placed in the rectum also can cause pain but this is less common. A rare cause of anal pain is spasms of the muscles in the rectum. Some of these conditions may cause some light bleeding.
Home treatment often relieves anal pain. If your child continues to have anal pain, your doctor may prescribe medicine to relieve pain and other symptoms. Depending on the cause, your child may need other treatment.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Adaptation Date: 5/2/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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