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Bowel obstruction in a newborn

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idontbelieveit Tue 07-Oct-08 14:33:14

Does anyone have any experience of this? I am 23 weeks pregnant and baby may have an obstructed bowel (found indication of this at ultrasound). I am wondering what to expect if the baby is found to have this problem and what will happen when she is born/ how will it be diagnosed/treated etc. I have read some very scary things online and was wondering if anyone has been through this and can offer any advice.
Thanks.

idontbelieveit Tue 07-Oct-08 17:39:22

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beeper Tue 07-Oct-08 22:03:49

Sorry dear dont have any words of wisdom but I would not put too much store on a scan as things can change and its not that easy to see things on them, sometimes they cant even make out if its a girl or a boy. I am sure if it is anything they will be ready at the birth to sort it out. Believe me they focus good and hard on what comes out of your babies bottom on the first day.

idontbelieveit Wed 08-Oct-08 15:21:14

thanks beeper.

summer111 Wed 08-Oct-08 16:59:21

Sorry I haven't been through this either. However I developed an obstructed bowel (intussuception) when I was 9 months old - rare in girls I believe - I was rushed to hospital and had a emergency operation to sort it out. Nowadays, they try other means to remove the blockage before they perform surgery. However, if I was in your shoes, I'd prefer to know in advance that baby needed treatment and have it all planned in advance rather than this happen in an emergency as in my parents case. I know it's very scary but you have time to talk it through with the specialists who will be able to inform you of what their plans are and what to expect.
Looking stuff up on the web is probably not going to help you and will only make you more frightened. Instead make a list of questions that you'd like to ask the specialist when you meet them so that you are well prepared.
with any luck, it might all come to nothing and baby will be fine!

best of luck!

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