Blood in stool

Christina Marie - posted on 06/09/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )

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My LO is 16 weeks old. She has been very crampy and seems very constipated with the grunting. Though she has been going #2 still several times a day. Seems normal colour/texture, etc.. Anyways yesterday when I went to change her bum I noticed she had a bit of blood in her stool. I took her right up to the ermeg and they said she looks great. That they see this often, and gave me a list of things to watch for.. Later in the day (lastnight) she had another diaper with a tiny streak of blood mixed in her stool..

We haven't had much sleep in the last week due to the grunting/cramps, and it is hard for her to nurse at times too..



Has this happened to anyone else??? I am still quite worried..



Thanks in advance for any help!

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Jeanette - posted on 06/09/2010

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i have not had the experience but just wanted to say that even though you are worried it seems you are doing what you can

follow up the ER with your own doc and just follow the medical advice

i hope all turns out well for your little one :)

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Jawaka - posted on 06/20/2010

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Call the pediatrician and schedule a folllow up. In the meantime, try rubbing the anus with some vaseline. Is it blood in the stool or does it seem more like the blood is on the outside?(did that make sense?) From all the straining she could have a small rupture in her anus.

Hope all goes well.

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yeah.. if shes straining to go a lil blood might come with... you could always take a sample to the ped when you go to be sure, they can test and make sure its just that.. good luck hun

Krista - posted on 06/15/2010

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My children experienced this as newborns too. My very good ped. told me that it could be from constipation, i.e. straining from a still underdeveloped intestine, a food allergy, or even from a slight virus. It is very common and you will most likely be able to clear it up with trying out the different methods for constipation mentioned above. If not, try taking out dairy and soy. Usually, these are the reasons for blood streaks and not a big deal, it just looks alarming. :D

Nadia - posted on 06/15/2010

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my son has blood streaks in stool as well ... started at week 6 and now he is 8 weeks. i monitored it and it would occur randomly , no real pattern to it. I had eliminated dairy from my diet and then all milk related products to see if it was a milk allergy affecting his insides and still it continued to appear. Going to pediatrician tomorrow, but it has been suggested that this is what causes the blood streaks and so i am going to be trying Alimentum formula to see if it helps - its for milk allergies and sensitive digestive systems. i pump exclusively so he's just been getting breastmilk up until now. hopefully it works - but that could explain the blood and feeds are going very difficult as well, he'll drink a little bit and then start crying and getting really irritable and upset. gets worse as the day goes on. try and get a pediatrician to see the baby.

Cristina - posted on 06/12/2010

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Hi, go to another doctor, babies shouldn't have blood in their stool, she must be working hard to push out her poopy, and may be really paiful, have them run tests and see if it is that she is lactose intolerant and needs another type of milk including maybe the breast milk, I could be an allergic reaction to either or both if you're just breast feeding maybe is what you're eating, I don't know, just go back and talk to another doc and you have the right to demand a test to see what she needs or doesn't need, and to also give you the piece if mind that she's well. good luck, and keep us posted on how she is doing.

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We had the same experience of many who have responded so far. My son would have diapers that were full of blood. He was a preemie in the NICU when it started and we were scared to death. They ran some tests on him and all came back normal. It ended up being a food allergy to milk proteins, soy and gluten. We didn't get it all figured out until he was 4 months old. I was breastfeeding so I had to eliminate these things from my diet. The blood stopped almost instantly when we narrowed down the allergies. If I would eat something that I didn't realize had one of those things in it, the blood would show up in his diaper the next day. Fortunately, by the time he was a year old he had outgrown all the allergies and can eat anything now. I wish you the best and hope that in your case it is just constipation but if not definitely start with eliminating dairy and go from there.

Nicole - posted on 06/11/2010

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I agree with Amy. While I was reading your story I was thinking dairy. I would take dairy out of your diet and you should see a difference within a week but it could take 6 weeks. Dairy is in alot of things so be diligent but there aot of options out there. Good luck!

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This happened to my newborn and I was so upset... now he's going on 9months and we've gotten some answers along the way. I practically lived at the dr's office, trying to get some relief for my son. His pedi suspects he has a milk allergy and asked if it runs in the family. He suggested hypoallergenic formula (Nutramigen) and adding 1oz of prune or pear juice to a full feeding, or a small amount of Karo syrup. He was still struggling so we were given a prescription med to alleviate the constipation. My pedi decided to send us to the Pediatric GI (specialist). He told us to offer foods (we were at 6mos at this point) that start with "p"... such as peas, prune, peach, pear. At 9mos, he's begun to grow out of it, thank goodness. Adding yogurt (YoBaby) to his diet has made a drastic improvment and I am no longer giving him prescription meds.

I'm sorry to say we decided to stop breastfeeding because of this. My thoughts were that the allergy caused too much pain for him, but I may have been wrong. Ask to see a GI to rule out any potential long-term issues.

Amy - posted on 06/11/2010

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Had it with both babies. first one had milk protein allergy. new happy baby after I cut it out within 3 days. I had it with second and cut it out and didn't notice much improvement. However I found out I had an oversupply of milk while breastfeeding and turns out that I lowered supply and discomfort disappeared with second. Good luck call doc. It could be strain with bowel movement but that wouldnt explain the cramping. Which leads me to believe that it could milk protein allergy.

Byra - posted on 06/11/2010

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My daughter had blood in her stools and it turned out to be milk protein sensitivity. It lasted until she was about 9 months old. To nurse I couldn't eat ANY THING with milk. So I had to read all ingredients on the box. They also make special formula for this and that helped her a lot, because it is so hard to get the protein out of your system. I would take her to her normal doc and ask if it could be milk protein sensitivity. It is more common than you would think.

Lacey - posted on 06/10/2010

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If the Er cleared her Then she is OK. Think of it this way, when you go to the bathroom and your bum hurts you sometimes RIP your anus as you pass the stole. It is VERY common to see this in childern. My daughter has the same problem, I freaked out took her to the dr 6 times, before I did my research.
If your dd poo is not pudding texture and a light to med brown color then increase her fiber intake or put her on an INFANT lax. The reason you would have seen blood would have only been at the exit point. If you ever see Dark almost Black looking blood CALL 911 you will not have time to get to the Er.

Ali - posted on 06/10/2010

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Could be allergies. Most often to milk. Ask your pediatrician for a referral to a gastroenterologist. And don't worry. All will be fine.

Cheyenne - posted on 06/10/2010

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unless its actually in the stool u shouldnt really worry. my son had the same thing. its because he pushes so hard that he bleeds a little. my doc told me its normal and not to worry but if theres alot and happens every diaper then go to ur family doc. he actually just did it yesterday.

Jessica - posted on 06/10/2010

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When my oldest was 3 weeks old he had blood in his stool.I took him to the doctor and he ended up being lacktoss . he needed special formula .so we got the formula and the blood was no more.

Kate - posted on 06/10/2010

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Sounds like constipation:-)
Very common, my two boys had that bad when they were new born. The blood in the stool is from them straining; if the streaks are tiny and hite bright in colour, it's from as the stool exits the anus.
Massaging some vaseline around the anus can help, but offer water inbetween feeds to help. Ans as your baby is 16 weeks, a small drop of pure smooth orange juice in the water will help and is not harmful:-)
Hope this helps, I have four small children and this was a common occurance when I had a new baby :-)

Amy - posted on 06/10/2010

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We had that problem with my DS. It turned out to be a dairy/soy allergy. Save the diaper and call your pediatrician. If you are breastfeeding they will probably advise you to cut dairy and/or soy out of your diet so you don't pass it along to her. If you are feeding her formula they will switch you to a something like Alimentum. The dairy proteins are broken down so she doesn't have to work so hard to do it herself and it will ease the cramping and fussiness.

The Alimentum smells and tastes awful so it may take a few days to get her used to it, but it will be worth it! It worked like a charm for my DS.

Good luck and I hope your LO feels better!

Sherry - posted on 06/09/2010

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I'd get the babe back to emerg like pronto... if her stool is formed and your worried about constipation add a tablespoon of Prune nector not prune juice but prune NECTOR to about 4 oz of water and have her drink some of that.. or use about 1/2 T brown sugar to 2 oz water and have her drink it... OR at 4 months you can start solids so PRUNES would be a great choice... but don't feed her the whole jar or she's going to be pooping up a storm for the next 3 days..



Its entirely possible that if your babe is a bit constipated she may have strained so hard that she inadvertantly caused a small tear in her rectum. It happens... keep an eye on it. the best way I can think of to go about fixing it is to make sure that she's well hydrated and use an fiber in her diet (wheat cereal is insoluble fiber and helps move things through the intesines... soluble fiber like prunes help bulk up what's in there so the intestinal muscles can help pass it easier)



You can also try a heat pad and rubbing her belly sometimes that also helps move things along



If your still worried.. Get the baby back to emerg.. call your babe's pediatrician in the am.. and SAVE THE DIAPER so you can show the doc what your worried about...

Sheryl - posted on 06/09/2010

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doc!!! asap! that the best advise i can give you. it never good for a child to have blood in stool.

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