Infant Intestinal Blockage and Severe Constipation Birth Disorder Symptoms

What It Could Mean

In some cases, children who have cerebral palsy will occasionally experience intestinal blockage as a result of inappropriate diet intake. The muscles in the body do not work properly due to abnormal brain function. As a result, this can lead to constipation. Unfortunately, children who have cerebral palsy have a high risk of experiencing constipation and a bowel obstruction.  If your child was born with cerebral palsy, it may have been due to a medical professional’s negligence. Discuss your options for filing a lawsuit and getting the compensation you deserve.

Before you assume that it is cerebral palsy, you should first look for any additional symptoms. Some of the more common symptoms of CP include:

Dangerous Health Condition: Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a medical condition that can adversely affect the digestive system and lungs and can be life-threatening to infants. It is important to diagnose and address this condition as soon as possible. An infant with CF may display signs of severe constipation, and trouble digesting food properly. You may also notice foul-smelling greasy stool.

Additional symptoms of cystic fibrosis include:

  • Poor growth
  • Wheezing
  • Difficulties with breathing
  • Skin tastes like salt
  • Chronic coughing

Beware of Medication

It is possible that your child’s constipation is due to a side effect from a prescribed medication.  This is why it is important to contact your child’s doctor to discuss this possibility before worrying that your child has another problem.

In some cases, constipation may not be due to a birth disorder but instead, come as a direct result of intolerance to lactose in food. For that reason, you may want to give your child lactose-free milk. Sometimes, constipation occurs as a result of genetic inheritance. Essentially, your child may be predisposed to this problem. If your family has a history of constipation, it is important to discuss this with your child’s doctor so that your child can be further evaluated.

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