A 31-year-old male asked:
my 5 month old baby has made a poo with a streak of fresh blood in it yesterday. today his poo has a small speck of fresh blood in it. he is an exclusively breastfed baby. at the moment i am taking medication for a head cold (brufen, otrivin nasal)?
1 doctor answer
Dr. James Ferguson answered
45 years experience Pediatrics
Depends: Strings of bright red blood attached to the outside of a hard or bulky stool suggest a scratch/tear in the outlet from a bulky or hard stool. If it is blobs of blood mixed within the stool it suggests a germ like salmonella/shigella may be the cause of an infectious process. An exam and testing may be needed to sort that out.
Answered on Aug 19, 2019
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