Blood in stool
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Larissa - posted on 12/31/2008
My daughter had blood in her stool from an anal fissure (a cut) from straining to poop. It really scared me, but the doctor (after checking a stool sample as well to rule out any other causes) had me put vaseline on it when I changed her diaper and it cleared right up. Hope she gets better soon!
There are a couple of possibilities here (I'm a pediatrician) -- one minor, one potentially more significant. If she's actually having hard/constipated stools, the bleeeding may be from a hemorrhoid or fissure (small tear) in the rectum. Treating the constipation will fix the problem (always start with dietary changes to help with constipation = limit milk intake (replace with yogurt to keep getting calcium), no bananas or cooked apples or carrots, lots of fresh fruit & veggies esp. pears/plums/high fiber veggies & LOTS of water. If she's not constipated, it's possible although not common for anyone (even young kids) to get an overgrowth of "bad" bacteria in the intestines after a round of antibiotics. Especially if the blood is mixed with the stool, she needs stool testing for bacterial culture & to check for a toxin of a particular bacteria called C difficile.
Anna - posted on 12/31/2008
I agree with the MD's on here..you could try all the advice listed, but in all honesty, if something is happening that shouldn't be (in this case, the blood in the stool) you need to get professional advice right away..any urgent care center could help you out immediately, and most are open til 8 or 9pm on weekdays..
Katy - posted on 12/31/2008
Go to the doctor! No matter how good all this advice is, there's no advice better than that from a doctor who has done a physical exam, conducted labwork and heard the full story. I'm a physician, as well, and you need to go today! Don't wait.
Paulette - posted on 12/31/2008
I would recommend acidolphilus (probiotic) to help after taking antibiotics. A health food store can help explain the benefits. I know it helps replace what the anitbiotics took and there are kids versions you can add to a drink. I would change her diet too. Bananas will bind. The peel on apples are fiber, celery, sweet potato/yams lots of fiber.
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