Natural Treatment for rectal prolapse, especially in young children
What is rectal prolapse?
External rectal prolapse is the protrusion of either the rectal mucosa (partial prolapse) or all of the rectum (complete rectal prolapse) through the anus that usually occur after straining during a bowel movement, especially in very young children and among women older than 50. Rectal prolapse affects about 2.0 people out of 80,000.
What are the symptoms of rectal prolapse and what does a rectal prolapse feel like?
A patient with rectal prolapse may feel a soft and painful lump sticking out of the bottom of his anus that can’t be pushed back in. However, in an incomplete prolapse, the prolapsed rectal mucosa will be visible during defecation, after which it will subside.
Signs and symptoms of ano rectal prolapse include:
- A bright red mass protruding through the anus (a big lump of tissue sticking out of the anus) that can’t be pushed back in
- Pain or discomfort and painful bowel movements, pain before and during bowel movements
- Difficulty in passing stool and the feeling of being unable to empty the bowels completely
- Passage of many very small stools (having frequent bowel movements)
- Anal itching and irritation
- Anal bleeding, bloody mucus discharge from the protruding tissue
- Fecal incontinence or the inability to control bowel movements
- A feeling of having full bowels
- Feeling a strong urge to have a bowel movement (frequent urge to have bowel movement)
- Loss of urge to defecate (mostly with larger prolapses)
- A piece of cardboard (carton)
- Alum – an amount
What is alum used for?
Cut cardboard into strip measuring 1.0 cm x 3.0 cm (0.4″ x 1.2″), and then put an amount of alum (potassium aluminum sulfate), a crystalline water soluble salt (a white powder) used as an astringent and antisepsis in medicine, on the cardboard, with your finger spread the white powder until the cardboard is completely covered with it, don’t worry if it appears to be too much.
Is it safe to drink water treated with alum?
Alum can also be used to treat drinking water. According to research conducted by Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (csIro) in 1998, the use of alum to treat drinking water is safe
When the rectum prolapses, push the prolapse back into place as soon as it occurs using the piece of cardboard we previously prepared (the piece of cardboard covered with powder alum), use the cardboard to push the protruding rectal tissue (a prolapsed rectum) back into place.
How to push rectal prolapse back in?
Put the cardboard on the protruding rectal tissue and use it to push the protruding rectal tissue back into place, apply firm pressure to the mass and hold for several minutes to push it back through the anal opening. Alternatively, when part or all of the rectum protrudes from the anus, put on medical gloves and apply a bit of jelly to your finger before before pushing the protruding rectal tissue back into place, apply gradual, steady pressure with one finger (Prolonged finger pressure) to push back any tissue that has come out of the anus. Apply an ice pack to help reduce swelling.
Use the same process described above to treat patients with recurrent rectal prolapses.