Rectal prolapse in kids most commonly happens before the age of 4, and typically before age 1. Boys and girls are likewise likely to develop the ailment. A kid’s risk for rectal prolapse might upsurge owing to a structural problem in the digestive system. Other conditions that upsurge a kid’s risk for rectal prolapse include:
- Augmented abdominal pressure. Rectal prolapse might develop in a kid who recurrently strains during bowel movements, such as from complications with long-standing (chronic) constipation. Pressure from forceful coughing spells, such as those instigated by whooping cough (pertussis) or enduring lung disease from cystic fibrosis, might also result in rectal prolapse.
- Parasitic diseases. Parasites such as whip worms upsurge the risk of prolapse.
- Cystic fibrosis. This ailment of the mucous glands is related with conditions throughout the body, including digestive difficulties. About 20 out of 100 kids with rectal prolapse will be children who have cystic fibrosis.1 A kid who has rectal prolapse with no palpable reason might need to be tested for cystic fibrosis.
- Pelvic floor weakness. Weakness of these muscles, which stretch across the floor of the pelvis, might be linked with impairment triggered by nerve disorders or spinal cord malformations (such as spina bifida). Or pelvic floor weakness might happen after pelvic surgery.
Malnutrition. Across the globe, deficiency of proper nutrition might be the most common reason of rectal prolapse in kids. This is particularly true in underdeveloped nations. Mal nourishment prevents kids from developing supportive tissues around the rectum.