Types of treatment
During boot camp, the team uses a variety of therapies to help each child find their ideal bowel movement schedule. Our team will determine which treatment is best suited for your child. We have three treatment programs that we will adjust to fit your child’s needs. These include:
This program involves taking medicine every day to create a bowel movement (pooping) pattern. It helps children whose colon and bowel work too fast or too slow. Our goal is for your child to have one to two purposeful bowel movements a day, with no accidents in between.
An enema is a way to put fluid into the last part of the colon (rectum) to remove stool from the intestine once each day. A flexible catheter and fluid bag are used to give the enema. Our goal with this program is to empty the colon with the enema and be accident free between enemas.
Appendicostomy (Malone, ACE, MACE)
An appendicostomy is a surgically created way to give a flush from the “top down,” or beginning part of the colon, instead of from the bottom (such as in an enema).
Some children come to our bowel management camp after they have had an appendicostomy created. Other children wish to have an appendicostomy placed after they have established a working enema program. This may give the child more independence, since they can help give the enema/flush through their abdomen instead of from their bottom.