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A 30-year-old female asked:

My 5 yr old son had bright red blood in his stool twice this week. blood was on toilet paper and some drops in toilet water. no other symptoms.

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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Blood in stool: Your child may have passed ahard stool and developed an anal fissure?Adiet change with increased fiber and decreased milk and milk products is necessary. Also drinking 6- 8 glasses of water may help For the fissure hav your childsit in a bathtub for 20 30 minutes several times a day. Apply an anti hemorroidal salve after the baths
Dr. Larry Xanthopoulos
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Blood in stool: Most likely given the way the blood appeared it is probably constipation. Other possibility is hemorrhoids, although less likely at this age. I would try stool softeners and if this does not improve in 1-2 weeks go to doctor

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Last updated May 3, 2015

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