THESE shocking images reveal the sinister reason behind a little boy’s seemingly innocent tummy pain.
The four-year-old was admitted to hospital after complaining of “colicky abdominal pain”.
Colic is when a baby cries a lot but there’s no obvious cause.
It’s common among babies under 3 months of age and usually gets better on it’s own.
His parents said child had been poorly for two days before visiting the hospital and had been vomiting and constipated.
Upon examining the unnamed child, medics diagnosed the boy with acute appendicitis.
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But after undergoing an appendectomy to remove the appendix, his stomach pain continued.
Five days after the procedure doctors performed a repeat ultrasound and discovered a bracelet inside the child’s stomach.
The little boy had an urgent laparotomy to remove the object – which turned out to be a bracelet made up of 18 hexagonal shaped magnetic beads.
The bracelet had been obstructing his bowels as well as digging four small holes into them, which doctors were able to repair.
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The young child made a swift recovery and was discharged, with follow-up appointments showing him to be in good health following the scare, which was later reported on in a medical journal.
What is colic and what are the symptoms?
Many new parents will know just how difficult a baby with colic can be.
Colic affects up to one in five babies, according to the NHS.
It is the name given for a baby who appears to be otherwise health but excessively and frequently cries.
It tends to begin when infants are a few weeks old and usually stops by the time they’re aged four months (six months at the latest).
- intense bouts of crying
- crying in the late afternoon or evening that lasts several hours
- a red and flushed face when the baby cries
- your baby clenching their fists, drawing their knees up to their tummy, or arching their back while crying
Although colic can be difficult for parents, it is important to remember that your baby will get better eventually and that it is not your fault.
The exact causes of colic are unknown, but it has been suggested that indigestion, trapped wind and temporary gut sensitivity could be to blame.