Intestinal obstruction is a serious condition and one that requires immediate medical attention. The condition refers to when the small intestine or large intestine has been blocked, preventing the passage of fluids and digested food.
If intestinal obstruction occurs and enough pressure builds up behind the site of the blockage, the intestine may burst open and the contents spill inside the abdominal cavity. This can be very fatal. There are different causes of the condition, most of which cannot be prevented.
Anyone can have the condition, including children. Because children cannot describe their symptoms, it is very important for parents to be observant and notice any unusual change and signs in their child that may indicate intestinal obstruction.
The signs to watch out for include:
- Swollen belly that is usually hard and very tender to the touch
- Sudden, forceful vomit. The vomit may have green bile in it or smell and look like feces
- Diarrhea which looks like bloody mucus
- Drawing up knees to the chest. The child does this to protect his/her belly
- Excessive drowsiness
If you notice these signs in your child, get your child to a hospital at once. Intestinal obstruction can be very fatal and life-threatening. Do not take chances; visit the hospital immediately.