Blood in stools

Stefanie - posted on 05/12/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Is it common for baby to have blood traces in poo? The PD concluded that it is common for breast fed babies to have a rectum tear due to frequent excretion (esp if feeding on breast milk). But this has gone on and off for a month now. I have consulted a paediatric surgeon and he suspects that there may be polyps in the rectum which may self-eradicate over time. But i am still worried....any advice?

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Both my girls had traces of blood in their stools. They have breastmilk colitis, which is an allergy to the protein in cows milk. I have removed dairy and beef from my diet and the blood has stopped. It may be worth taking your baby to a doctor who is aware of allergies and intolerances.

Diana - posted on 05/16/2010

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Hi Stephanie, my daughter is is on formula. She was breastfed in the begining, but that had to change. My daughter had this off and on for weeks (probably 3 or 4). I even saw it again the other day after not seeing for about a month. Her pediatrician said that it would come and go and eventually stop for good. She also said that if it got worse and happened with every diaper, then it might be necessary to see a specialist. But so far so good. The blood was a bright red also and in little specks. You are right, that is better than if the blood was dark. I think that might indicate a problem with bleeding in the digestive tract. I have learned that this is very common and it is comforting to know other moms are experiencing the same thing.

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I hardly EVER post on this board but his caused me to do this. My son now 3 also had traces of blood in his stools begining at 2 weeks and Docs also told me it was normal. When he was 9 weeks old and I was overstressed with worry I took him to another doctor for another opinion, she took the time to run test on his stool and she discovered my son had a milk protein allergy. Meaning he was allergic to the dairy in my diet. I tried eliminating dairy but it was so frustating I gave up and in turn we ended up putting him on Nutramigen by Enfamil and it was like I had a new whole new baby. His allergies were so bad he could drink it in powder form not the concentrate. Please get a second opinion to rule this out. My newborn 7 weeks also developed an allergy and this time we knew right away what was wrong and are giving her Similac Alimentum. She is currently sleeping 6 hours at night something my son never did till he was 4 months. I am relieved that I went to get another opinion. God Luck

Stefanie - posted on 05/17/2010

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thanks Diana. My son's condition seems to be worse off. Sometimes it comes in specks but at other times, there is a flow of about 1-2 teaspoon in qty with the poo curdles. Even when he farts too hard, there will be spurts of red without the poo. sigh....i do hope that he is healing inside slowly but surely.

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Stefanie - posted on 05/14/2010

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JoAnn, we saw the PD today and she also recommended me to try the Similac Alimentum. But it actually doesn't taste nice and if baby rejects it, i can go back to BF(watching that my diet is as diary free as possible) but totally eliminate cow's milk formula as a supplement. Cutting out diary is definitely challenging!

Diana, is your daughter on BF or formula? The assurance is that the blood is bright red and so it seems more like a fissure than intestinal issues. How long will this continue i wonder....for how long did your daughter has this condition? the PD also recommended me to a paediatric gastroentrology specialist if this continues after 2 weeks.

Diana - posted on 05/13/2010

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My daughter is 10 weeks old and has had traces of blood in her stool many times. I asked the pediatrician and she said that while it is not "normal", it is not dangerous. It can be due to a small tear (or fissure, is what it's actually called) in the rectum. It should go away on its own. My daughters did. I am a RN in a neonatal ICU and have seen this before. I also asked one of our doctors I worked with and she said it isn't real serious. Try not to worry too much. I am sure it will go away by itself.

Stefanie - posted on 05/12/2010

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We had his stools checked for infection(there was none) but there was no mention of allergies. The doc said that if this continues, we can take the option to do a scope of the intestines. But this involves a GA to put the baby to unconsciousness. I'm afraid to take this risk esp since he is so young. Definitely seeking a 2nd opinion....

Renee - posted on 05/12/2010

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Personally I would be worried as well. I don't think it is normal to have blood in the stools at any time. I would consider a 2nd opinion on this one.

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