A child with a crushed or torn intestines will need emergency surgery to fix the tear. Once your child is asleep, the skin incision will be closed with staples or stitches after surgery. For a few days after the operation, as things begin to heal, your child's intestine must rest so he / she will not be allowed to eat.
He / she will have an IV (a small tube in their vein) to get liquids. He / she may also have a nasogastric tube (a tube through the nose into the stomach) after surgery to keep the stomach empty and help the injury. Antibiotics and pain medication may be given to your child to ward off infection or pain and speed recovery.
As your child gets better, the doctors and nurses will check for bowel sounds or the passing of gas. Once this has happened, your child may start to drink clear liquids and over time start to eat regular foods. It is important to know that healing time is not the same for each child and it can be a few days before your child can eat regular food.
If the intestine was only bruised, your child will probably not need surgery, but he / she may need to stay in the hospital a few days to be watched and make sure the bruises heal.
The number of days in the hospital will depend on how badly your child was hurt and how long he or she will need to heal.