Your child cannot have anything by mouth until the bowel shows it is working after surgery. Patients often start passing stool through the rectum in 24 to 48 hours (1 to 2 days), but sometimes it takes 72 hours (3 days). By the third or fourth day after surgery, patients are usually discharged from the hospital.
The wound in the belly is closed with a suture (stitch) that you may not be able to see. The stitches stay under the skin and go away on their own as the incision heals.
When your child starts passing stool, the stool is most often liquid. They may have many liquid stools, until the colon gets used to taking in more water. These loose frequent stools can last for 1 to 3 weeks after surgery.
Since the child's skin in this area has not had contact with stool for some time, the skin is very sensitive. Children who wear diapers could get a bad diaper rash.