It was Anal Stenosis. Anal stenosis is the narrowing of the anal opening, making it very hard for the baby to pass stool. Instead of any type of surgery Vince and I had the pleasure of fixing this ourselves. We literally had to insert a metal dilator into her anal opening twice a day for months.(sorry if this is too TMI). We were told this protocol may not work and she still might require surgery in the future. Thankfully, it did work and she never needed surgery. The doctor told us that Rylie would still have to deal with constipation for the rest of her life. Well, she dealt with constipation for about 6 or 7 months and has never been constipated again. She is very regular and potty trained( except a night time).
I'll continue about the rest of the NICU stay in my next post.