Cecostomy tube: Changing your child’s dressing

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Learn how to change your child’s dressing if they have a cecostomy tube (C-tube). Also learn about the retention suture and when it will be cut.

Key points

  • A cecostomy is an opening from the outside of the body on the abdomen to the cecum, the first part of the large intestine.
  • A cecostomy tube (C-tube) is placed in the opening to help your child empty their bowel.
  • After the first 24 hours post-insertion, the cecostomy tube dressing must be changed daily and the skin around the C-tube must be washed with soap and water.
  • Your child needs a dressing covering the cecostomy site for two weeks.
  • When the doctor inserts the tube into your child's cecum, they will also insert a small piece of medical wire attached to a thread (retention suture). You will have an appointment to have the retention suture removed.
Last updated: February 8th 2018