Blood in stool

Debby - posted on 12/31/2008 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My 22 month old is was recently on antibiotics for bronchitis, and now her BM's are not consistant, and there is small traces of blood in her stool...any comments/suggestions

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Larissa - posted on 12/31/2008

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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!

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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.

Shandy - posted on 12/18/2013

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Hi I have a ten month old girl and just recently got blood in her stool but her stool isn't hard what does that mean?

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Anna - posted on 12/31/2008

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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

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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

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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.

Debby - posted on 12/31/2008

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thanks everyone, I tried to get her an appointment to see her dr, but can't get anything until January 10. Hopefully changing her diet will help

User - posted on 12/31/2008

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I know its not C difficile she has....If she has that then her stools wouldnt be hard at all, they would be very lose...i just got over a real bad case of C difficile......it sounds just like constipation to me....

Shaun - posted on 12/31/2008

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Sometimes the antibiotics can cause bright red stool. If you still have all the information for the antibiotic, check the side effects. Also, antibiotics can cause constipation or diarrhea.

User - posted on 12/31/2008

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she is definitely constipated...ur gonna have to change her diet a little bit until her system gets back on track...i have had the same problem with my children at times....

Debby - posted on 12/31/2008

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she used to poop at almost the same time EVERY day, and they were relatively soft, now lately, its every couple of days, and they are harder, and more like pellets

Martha - posted on 12/31/2008

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What do you mean by consistent? Do you mean diarrhea, loose soft stools, or that she is constipated?

User - posted on 12/31/2008

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I would bring her to the doctor, But when u go try and bring a stool sample, so that way they can see what ur seeing and they can send it out if they have too

Debby - posted on 12/31/2008

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she was only on it for 10 days. Her stools are small and solid and yes, the blood is bright red

Connie - posted on 12/31/2008

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Are her stools hard? Is it bright red blood? Even babies with hard stool can get hemorrhoids. If this is the case, use a small amount of hemorrhoid cream on her rectum and it should help clear it up.

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