Mucus and Blood in babies diaper

Kate - posted on 11/10/2008 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Hi.....my daughter is 5 months old and has been exclusively breastfed. Around 2.5 months was the first time we saw a few specs of blood in her diaper and when she got her first cold (2 months) was when I noticed the mucus. The blood is there from time to time...sometimes a full two weeks and then not for a week, sometimes every 2nd day. I gave up dairy for two weeks with no change. We have sent away some fecal samples to see if they show anything. Anyone else with blood or mucus and have any ideas? We think the blood 'may' be from an anal fissure.....not sure about the mucus though.

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Lisa - posted on 11/10/2008

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Hi Katie,



This is exact same thing happened to my son around 4 months. He has been exclusively breastfeed and his diapers would always be watery or mucousy sometimes with blood. The first thing my pediatrician said was it was most likely an anal fissure. She prescribed an ointment but after a 2 weeks the blood still persisted. Then, she thought it was a milk allergy. I eliminated ALL dairy and milk products from my diet and still no change after 5 weeks. We then saw a GI doctor who said he may be allergic to something else and put me on an elimination diet of no eggs, dairy, wheat, soy or nuts. This also did nothing except drive me crazy trying to find things to eat! The GI doctor still thought it was an allergy and wanted to put my son on a hypoallergenic formula. I was skeptical but wanted my son's issues to clear up so tried the formula. He completely refused the formula, all 5 brands. The doctor kept saying that he would get hungry enough and eventually eat the hypoallergenic formula. After almost 2 1/2 agonizing days, we went back to our peditrician and explained that Connor was not eating and that the blood was getting worse. She immediatly called Phx Children's Hospital and he was admitted that night. We were now seeing a new GI doctor and he was great. He scheduled a endoscopy that revealed that Connor had "nodular mucosa", small bumps in his colon that was causing the bleeding. They did a biopsy of his colon and the results were that he had active colitis. The cause of the colitis is still unknown, could be irritable bowe disease, bacterial infection that the stool samples did not pick up, etc. They put Connor on a 2 week round of a medication called Flagyl and he has been great ever since. His stools are completely different now, no more watery stools, they actually have a consistancy and without blood. I also see a huge difference in his temperment. Just be careful with how far you go with the elimination diets and make sure you are listening to your instincts. I hope this helps you somewhat and that you figure it out quickly and not have to go through the months of not knowing. If you have any other questions, I would be happy to answer them. Best of luck!

Kate - posted on 11/11/2008

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Thanks girls....Lisa, wow, that was a lot of time and effort for you hey? Glad it all turned out right. I'm going to print your reply adn take it to my pediatrician when we go next time. We haven't seen blood for a few days now and no mucus yesterday so I'm hoping things will clear up on their own. Did you have blood every day or every bowel movement? Was he a fussy baby? yes, I read all labels and eliminated ALL dairy...no good!

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Sandra - posted on 06/01/2014

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ummm... what did her doctor say. I would assume you saw her doc right. if its that frequent there is definitley a Gastrointenstinal issue or a localized issue in her rectum. asking us what it could be will not ease your mind because this is something that needs to be seen by a doc. and I am a registered nurse.

Jennifer - posted on 11/10/2008

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This happened to a friend of mine whose daughter ended up having multiple allergies, especially with dairy. The friend had to cut everything dairy out of her diet and really check the labels on food. I remember her daughter having both the blood and mucus with the allergies. Try limiting your dairy more (including cheeses and yogurts) and see what happens. Good luck!

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