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Why do i find blood in my infant's diaper when she has not made a bowel movement?

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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Is it blood?: First, is it blood? Newborns especially can pass dark urine that when dried in a diaper can look like blood. Sometimes genuine blood can come from bloody vaginal discharge (normal in a newborn), or from a crack or fissure near the anus. Not sure what's going on? Go see the pediatrician for an exam.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Could be vaginal: The blood may not be from the rectum. Newborn females often have a normal bloody vaginal discharge. Infants of both genders also pass urine with copious uric acid, this also often looks like blood.

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Last updated Dec 25, 2014

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