This lens is meant for those who have had a baby with imperforate anus or those who may be at risk it can be genetic and tends to skip a generation. Most children go on to live happy, fulfilled lives, while some will suffer from various health issues, depending on the severity of the birth defect. If you are interested in meeting more parents who are dealing with this, there are groups on Facebook. Search for "Imperforate Anus Support" and pick the one that appeals. I used to run a forum for IA parents, but it became too costly to keep up.
If your child keeps scratching her bottom, there are a few different causes to explore. You're right to check to make sure she's thoroughly wiping since this is one of the most common reasons for anal itching in young children, especially those who are just learning to use the potty. If much of the itching occurs at night and keeps her awake, a pinworm infestation is likely the cause. You should seek pediatric care if your child presents a pinworm infection. Your doctor may recommend pyrantel pamoate treatment.
Bridget Coila specializes in health, nutrition, pregnancy, pet and parenting topics. Her articles have appeared in Oxygen, American Fitness and on various websites. Coila has a Bachelor of Science in cell and molecular biology from the University of Cincinnati and more than 10 years of medical research experience. An anal fissure can be painful for an infant and worrying for parents, but this common childhood problem is typically short-lived. Parents who take care to properly clean the diaper area can help prevent anal fissures and help speed healing when they do occur.
This is an "umbrella term" for a group of birth defects which affect the anorectal area. During a normal bowel movement, solid waste passes from the colon large intestine to the rectum the final section the colon and through the anus. When a child has an ARM, the rectum and the anus do not develop properly. Some of these problems are very minor and easy to treat, with great long-term prognosis. Others are complex and affect multiple areas of life, such as sexual function and urinary and bowel control.