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Your child has had a colonoscopy. Your doctor used a thin, lighted tube called a colonoscope to look for causes of symptoms such as belly pain and blood in the stool.
Your child may stay at the clinic or hospital until your child wakes up and the doctor says it's okay. You can then take your child home. Your doctor will tell you when your child can eat and do usual activities.
After the test, your child may be bloated or have gas pains. Your child may need to pass gas. If a biopsy was done or a polyp was removed, your child may have streaks of blood in their stool (feces) for a few days.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for your child to recover. But each child recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to help your child get better as quickly as possible.
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 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
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 your child has any problems.
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Current as of: March 1, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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