Fortunately, most stomas in babies are temporary. However, even if your baby needs a stoma for longer than you had hoped, your baby will consider the stoma to be completely normal as they will have grown up with it from an early age.
As the child gets older, they may start to feel that they are slightly ‘different’ because of the stoma and the care and attention it needs. It is important that you continue to treat your child like any other child – if you or your child don’t want other children to know about the stoma, then make sure you tell the child’s teacher so that they are aware and can deal with any situations that may arise.
Your child will also deal with things all children have to go through, including making friends, taking part in physcial education including swimming lessons and, once they get to their teenage years, having romantic relationships. Information and advice for teenagers with a stoma can be found here.