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Anal fissure (Baby)

Answered by: Dr Nur Syuhada binti Zulkifli

Last Updated: January 13, 2022 11:41 AM

kenneth_ng83 6 months

My daughter who will be turning 2 in this coming March is having anal fissure. May I know what cream/solution to this? Sometimes there will be some blood on her poop.

Dr Nur Syuhada binti Zulkifli 6 months
General Practitioner

Hello and good morning
Thank you for your question.

Based on your question, I understand that you are worry about your problem. I will try to help you.

For your information, If your daughter’s fissures are caused by constipation or diarrhea, you can change a few habits to help lessen the strain on the anal canal. These steps can help relieve symptoms and encourage healing in most cases.

  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of caffeine-free fluids throughout the day. Too much alcohol and caffeine can lead to dehydration
  • Eat a fiber-rich diet. To avoid constipation, your goal should be to get 20 to 35 grams of fiber every day. You can gradually increase the amount of fiber you eat by having more:
    • Wheat bran
    • Oat bran
    • Whole grains, including brown rice, oatmeal, and whole-grain pastas, cereals, and breads
    • Peas and beans
    • Citrus fruits
    • Prunes and prune juice
  • Try fiber supplements if you can’t get enough fiber from food. They can help soften stools and make you more regular. To avoid gas and cramping, gradually raise the amount of any fiber supplement you take until you reach the recommended dose.
  • Over-the-counter laxatives may help if adding more fiber to your diet does not. Before taking any laxatives, ask your doctor what they suggest.
  • Don’t ignore your urge to go. Putting off bowel movements for later can lead to constipation; stools may become harder to pass and end up causing pain and tearing.
  • Don’t strain or sit on the toilet too long. This can increase pressure in the anal canal.
  • Gently clean and dry your daughter’s anal area after each bowel movement.
  • Avoid irritants to the skin, such as scented soaps or bubble baths.
  • Get treatment for constipation or ongoing diarrhea
  • Sitz baths, or hip baths, can promote healing of an anal fissure. By soaking the rectal area in a tub of warm water – two or three times a day for 10 to 15 minutes – you can clean the anus, improve blood flow, and relax the anal sphincter.

Therefore, I advise you to refer to a doctor for a proper treatment. You can also have an online consultation with our doctors for more information and further treatments.

I hope this answer will help you. Thank you.

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Last Updated: Thu Jan 13 2022 11:41:08 GMT+0800 (Malaysia Time)
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