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Surgical treatment The consultant looking after you has recommended a surgical treatment for your child. The options for both managing your child’s condition with or without an operation will have been discussed with you along with their potential benefits and drawbacks including those of...

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What are anorectal malformations? Anorectal malformations are birth defects where the anus and rectum (bottom) do not develop properly. They occur in an around 1 in 4,000 newborn babies and can range from mild to complex. What type of anorectal malformation does my baby have? Perineal fistula or...

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What is umbilical hernia? Umbilical (belly button) hernia is a defect or hole in the wall of the tummy at the belly button. This causes a bulge and sometimes the bowel or fat from inside the tummy can come up into the hernia through the belly button. What cause umbilical hernia? Umbilical hernia is...

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What is vulvovaginitis? Vulvovaginitis is a common condition affecting girls between the ages of 2 and 7 years old, before starting puberty. It is inflammation of the vagina and vulva. What are the symptoms? The main symptoms are vaginal discharge and soreness. The discharge can be white, green or...

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What are the instructions for wound care and catheter care at home? Try to keep the dressing as clean and dry as possible. Don’t worry if it becomes soiled or smelly this is unavoidable, especially as your child will be on antibiotics and so may develop diarrhoea. If your child doesn’t wear a...

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Kidney stones are quite uncommon in children compared to adults. The meat of the kidney produces pee (urine) which then passes into a funnel-shaped drainage sac called the pelvis. From here the pee flows downward to the bladder along a tube called the ureter. The pee is stored in the bladder and...

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Kidney stones are relatively uncommon in children compared to adults. The meat of the kidney produces pee (urine) which then passes into a funnel-shaped drainage sac called the pelvis. From here, the pee flows downward to the bladder along a tube called the ureter. Pee is stored in the bladder and...

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What is a prepucioplasty? Prepucioplasty is an operation that is done when the foreskin is: too tight and causing problems abnormal and unlikely to stretch by itself It makes the foreskin opening larger so that the foreskin can go back easily. Why is prepucioplasty done? Nearly all foreskins start...

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What happens in the operation to remove an appendix? An appendicectomy is a common operation which involves the removal of the appendix. This may be performed by the ‘open’ surgery involving a cut, or a ‘keyhole’ surgery. All cuts will be closed with either glue or...

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Why do doctors and nurses need to know if I am pregnant? We know that teenagers do get pregnant. Sometimes the cause of lower stomach pain can be pregnancy. Missing this can cause harm to either you or the unborn child. Also some tests and procedures we do in hospital might put an unborn...

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What is the appendix? The appendix is a blind ending tube, which is connected to your large bowel. It is on the lower right side of your tummy. We do not yet know what the appendix does or is for, but we think it may help with maintaining healthy gut bacteria. What is appendicitis?...

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Tummy pain is very common in children. All children experience abdominal pain at some point. The pain can represent a serious problem but in about half of all children coming to hospital no issue is found. Doctors call this non-specific abdominal pain. Although the pain can be severe, in almost all...

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What is Hirschsprung’s enterocolitis? Enterocolitis is the most serious complication of Hirschsprung’s disease. It can be life threatening. Enterocolitis is an inflammation or infection of the gut. The large intestine cannot push poo through as it should which can cause a partial or full...

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What is an inguinal (groin) hernia? Some of the contents of the tummy protrude into a sac or tube forming a lump in the groin. In boys the lump often extends in to the scrotum. Often the hernia will contain a bit of bowel but in girls may contain the ovary. The hernia happens because…...

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What is a tongue tie? The frenulum is a piece of tissue that attaches the underside of the tongue to the bottom of the mouth. A tongue tie is where the frenulum is too short or too tight. How common are tongue ties? Tongue ties happen in about 1 in 20 babies. What problems do… Continue...

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Unfortunately, waiting times have increased due to the COVID-19 social distancing restrictions necessary on the hospital site and because, during the pandemic, we have been providing extra support to other hospitals in the region. As a result, the number of patients we would normally see has been...

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Unfortunately, waiting times have increased due to the COVID-19 social distancing restrictions necessary on the hospital site and because, during the pandemic, we have been providing extra support to other hospitals in the region. As a result, the number of patients we would normally see has been...

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What is hypospadias? This is a condition where the urethra (hole where urine comes out) is not in the correct place. It is instead further down and on the underside of the penis. The type of hypospadias is described by where the opening is. The mildest type (glanular) is where the opening is on...

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What is hypospadias? This is a condition where the urethra (hole where pee comes out) is not in the correct place. It is instead further down and on the underside of the penis. The type of hypospadias is described by where the opening is. The mildest type (glanular) is where the opening is on...

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What is an impalpable testicle? When the testicle has not ‘dropped’ into the scrotum, it may be in a few places. When your child was examined all these places were felt but no testicle could be found. The possibilities are that the testicle is inside the tummy, or has disappeared. Why...

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What is a hydrocele? A hydrocele is a collection of fluid in a sac around or above the testicle. Unlike in adults the fluid comes from the tummy through a fine tube (called a ‘patent processus vaginalis’). This tube did not close off after the testicle descended from the tummy to the...

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What is hypospadias? This is a condition where the urethra (hole where pee comes out) is not in the correct place. It is instead further down and on the underside of the penis. The type of hypospadias is described by where the opening is. The mildest type (glanular) is where the opening is on...

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What is an undescended testicle? An undescended testicle is a testicle which is not properly in the scrotum (ball bag). Testicles form at the back of the tummy and during development, gradually move down into the scrotum. They may do not ‘drop’ completely  or the testicle may drop into...

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What is circumcision? Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin tissue from the penis. Today, many parents have their sons circumcised for religious or other reasons such as abnormalities which would not improve as they grow older. What would happen if nothing were done? For a child...

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