Anal Fissure, Child

An anal fissure is a small tear or crack in the skin around the opening of the butt (anus). Bleeding from a fissure usually stops on its own within a few minutes. The bleeding will often happen every time your child goes poop (bowel movement) until the crack heals. 

HOME CARE

  • Have your child drink enough fluids to keep his or her pee (urine) clear or pale yellow.

  • Do not let your child drink milk or other dairy products.

  • Have your child eat foods that are high in fiber. These foods include vegetables, beans, and bran cereals.

  • Have your child eat fruit and drink juice from prunes, pears, and apricots.

  • Help or have your child put lubricating jelly on the area around the opening of the butt. This may help lessen pain when going to the bathroom.

  • Avoid putting a thermometer in the butt (rectal thermometer). Avoid using medicines that are placed in the butt (suppositories). Avoid these things until the fissure has healed.

  • Have your child bathe in warm water to help with healing. Do not use soap on the area around the opening of the butt.

  • Take all medicine as told by your doctor.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • The fissure is not completely healed within 3 days.

  • Your child is bleeding more.

  • Your child has fever.

  • Your child has watery poop (diarrhea) mixed with blood.

  • Your child has other signs of bleeding or bruising.

  • Your child has pain.

  • The problem is getting worse rather than better.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.