A to Z: Anal Fissureenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgAn anal fissure is a cut or tear in the lining of the anus.anal, anus, fissure, cut, tear, bowels, bowel movement, diarrhea, constipation, itching, anal itching11/06/201303/18/201909/02/201920bdaee1-b447-4997-9bac-0c8fa5e47cc4https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-anal-fissure.html/<p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dictionary/"><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/buttons/P-atoZDictionary-enBT.jpg" alt="A to Z Dictionary 500 Go" name="5093-P_ATOZDICTIONARY2_ENBT.JPG" /></a></p> <p>An anal fissure is a cut or tear in the lining of the anus.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>An anal fissure can occur when someone passes a large or hard stool (poop), which stretches the lining of the anus until it tears. It also can happen when frequent <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/diarrhea.html/">diarrhea</a> irritates the lining.</p> <p>An anal fissure can cause&nbsp;pain or itching in the area, especially during and after bowel movements. You may also see blood on the stool, baby wipes, or toilet tissue.</p> <p>In infants, anal fissures are very common and tend to heal completely with basic care, including soaks and ointment. In older kids and teens, the cuts can take several weeks or longer to heal and sometimes tear open again.</p> <p><img title="anal fissure illustration" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/illustrations/analFissure-415x233-rd6-enIL.png" alt="anal fissure illustration" name="4181-ANALFISSURE_415X233_RD6_ENIL.PNG" /></p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Preventing <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/constipation.html/">constipation</a> and keeping the area clean can help anal fissures&nbsp;heal. Drinking plenty of fluids, taking stool softeners, eating foods with fiber, and exercising regularly can help treat and prevent fissures by making bowel movements easier to pass. Keeping the area clean and applying ointments can relieve pain and speed healing.</p> <p>Rarely, a fissure doesn't heal. In this case, the doctor may recommend surgery.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
A to Z: ProcidentiaLearn about conditions that affect the rectum, anus, and digestive system.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-procidentia.html/9c0749c4-0885-4afa-a3a6-61c6b7d2caf0
A to Z: Rectal ProlapseLearn about conditions that affect the rectum, anus, and digestive system.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-rectal-prolapse.html/df1c9405-970d-4a88-a3e5-92ab9a223f59
ConstipationConstipation is a very common problem that usually happens because a person's diet doesn't include enough fluids and fiber. In most cases, making simple changes can help you feel better.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/constipation.html/081f841e-c4c9-493e-a8df-160a60905046
DiarrheaMost kids battle diarrhea from time to time, so it's important to know what to do to relieve and even prevent it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/diarrhea.html/38efbf41-ac94-4d02-be5d-365f9b03cc12
FiberMany appetizing foods are also good sources of fiber - from fruits to whole-grain cereals. Here are ways to help kids get more fiber in their everyday diets.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fiber.html/1bcc5253-1f4c-4764-bc84-066073c8a79f
Soiling (Encopresis)If your child has bowel movements in places other than the toilet, you know how frustrating it can be. Many kids who soil beyond the years of toilet teaching have a condition known as encopresis.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/encopresis.html/89ce244a-7fea-4776-b50e-bf0136e5c31f
Toilet TrainingEven before your child is ready to try the potty, you can prepare your little one by teaching about the process. Here are some tips.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/toilet-teaching.html/25771d48-2630-40a6-b468-9a94933153f1
Word! ConstipationSometimes your bowel movements - you know, the stuff inside your intestines we call poop - might be hard and dry.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/word-constipation.html/5cebfcb0-4c21-4963-b2c3-4b96e5e8084d
Word! DiarrheaIf you've ever had a bad time in the bathroom, then you know what this is.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/word-diarrhea.html/fe10c223-c3cd-48db-a66d-f00d12890973
Word! FiberFoods with fiber are really good for you and your bowels!https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/word-fiber.html/97162a90-daae-4f67-b270-e66adf6addd7