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Should I Be Worried About Intestinal Tears If My Kid Has A Meconium Plug
No: Most babies pass the meconium plug without intestinal tears. However, having a meconium plug is associated with other problems such as hirschsprung's disease (abnormal colon) and cystic fibrosis. Make sure your doctor knows about his meconium plug and any other symptoms he may have to make sure he doesn't have these diseases or other complications. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more
Should i be concerned if my one-year-old child has black stool? My son has had charcoal black bowl movements over the past twelve hours. It does not have the usual odor associated. He seems to be acting fine. Should i be concerned?
Good : Good for you for knowing that black-colored stool can mean that there may be bleeding in the stomach or small intestine. Now that being said, that is not the only reason for a black stool - it's just the most concerning. Benign causes of black stool to rule out first before seeking care are: black licorice or other black foods, blueberries or other dark blue foods, iron supplements or multivitamins with iron, or pepto-bismal. All of these can cause black stool. Another reason for your child to have black stool caused by blood, but of less concern is if he had a nosebleed a few hours before the black stool. Children (and adults) sometimes swallow a lot of blood with a nosebleed and that can also affect stool color. If your child has not been exposed to any of these and has continued to have black stool, he should be seen by his doctor. His doctor may want you to bring a stool sample to the appointment for testing to look for blood and/or other causes. Legal disclaimer: I am providing this general and basic information as a public service and my response to this question does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. For any additional information, advice, or specific concerns, please speak with your own physician. The information provided is current as of the date of the answer entry. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Should i be concerned if my 6month old baby has a ear infection and a 100 degree fever for 3 days.W hat should I be looking out for?
Some concern: Most children will have an ear infection at some time before 6 years of age. Ear infections usually cause low grade temp, discomfort and temporary decreased hearing. Most episodes of otitis media will resolve, but if temperature would increase or persist, or drainage develops from ear needs examination. Even when symptoms resolve should be checked by pcp to examine ear and make sure fluid has. ...Read more
Hi, my son who is 14 months old dribbles a lot of saliva, he has since he was a baby. Should i be concerned or is there a age I should c it improve?
Infant bliss: It is a joy to be an infant and not care if you drool, wear a bib with spit up, or sit in a little poo for a while. Infants have no social conscience but will be indoctrinated at some point. A kid who does not seem to care when they are older and well into conversational speech would bother me, but not a toddler. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hi doc I have a 2 months old baby with a colostomy, but he have an anus. was just wondering whats the narmal average of time should my baby be stoolin?
Incomplete question: When you submit a question, you must provide enough background information for site docs to review.You have not.Colostomies divert stool and often drain continuously. Anal stooling would not be expected unless the diversion is partial. We do not have access to any previous question or data you upload. You can start over or ask the treating doctors. ...Read more
Should i be concerned if my son is 2 mos. Old, he pass gas a lot and have stomach disorder, what should I do about it?
Examination: Have your son checked by your pediatrician. What you see as a problem may be normal. Or he may have one of many gastric problems such as lactose intolerance. Only your pediatrician can determine if a problem exists and if treatment is necessary. Please call for an appointment. ...Read more
I have a 2 week old baby he is formula fed and he hasn't had a bowl movement in 24 hours should I be worried and can I do anything to help him
Not necessarily: Formula fed kids will usually get into a daily stooling pattern by 2 wks. Unless they are putting out rabbit pellets or harder stools i don't worry if they skip a day. Most infants will bring arms in & legs up & fuss with their diaphragm.They all look like they have a tummy ache. This is not necessarily the case.You can bring out a stool sometimes by stimulating the bottom with a vasaline q-tip. ...Read more
Depends on situation: This conditions varies from minor and inconsequential to life threatening. The condition the first day or two usually defines the degree of associated problem. Those that end up in respiratory failure on ventilators or ecmo do the worst.Those with transient breathing problems do well.I sit across from one now who is making straight a's in grad school. ...Read more
Should i be concerned if my 21 month old daughter will be getting muscle replacement surgery, anyone had a child go through this?
I have a friend with a 6 month old dealing with bloody stool for almost his entire infancy. She has been seeing her own Peds Doc and has a Gastro appt. I was just wondering if you could supply any other reason that it may be occurring other than a milk al
Rare issues: Allergic reaction to formula is always worth checking out. If the baby had very hard stools thus can cause tiny tears at anus leading to bright blood. Rarer things are internal issues like a polyp or a blood vessel malformation. Have mom write down the timeline of events and treatments tried to be better organized at specialist and have a productive visit! ...Read more
Normal: This is common. As long as she is eating fine, not vomiting, no fever, not to worry. If it continues, the baby should have a weight check to make sure she is taking enough calories, since insufficient calories can cause a decrease in stools. Assuming that you are nursing, sometimes dairy in your diet can also cause constipation. If it continues and her weight is fine, consider stopping dairy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes, you should be: Babies should have a pink color, should breathe easily thru their nose, and should be able to feed without stopping to catch their breath. If the babe cannot feed, is bluish in color, is pulling hard to breathe or coughing a lot, he/she should be seen by a physician as soon as possible. Go to the emergency room if your doctor is not available. ...Read more
Yeah I got a colonoscopy about 3 weeks ago and I still have severe diarrhea is that normal or should I be concerned they cut a pre-cancerous polyp out?
No concern: medication taken to clean bowel could lead to diarrhea but having removed or not removed polyp, unless latter was malignant is unassociated with bowel malignancy. Unless congenital polyposis with APC gene mutations present, polyps only associated with 5% of bowel carcinomas. Latter derived from field effect, transformation possibly related to infection from organisms like polyoma virus ...Read more
Formula fed, newborn has been fussy and has not had a bowel movement in 2 days. Should i be worried?
Perhaps: If they baby is eating well then it may not be a problem. On the other hand a fussy constipated infant may be sensitive to the formula being used. You may try a formula made for sensitive infants. You can also try giving 1 oz nursery water twice a day. Do not give more water than that. If these do not help you should see your child's doctor. ...Read more
My 4 month old has had croup 3 times in a 2 month span. Can this be something else? If so, what should I be looking for?
Workup mgt: I agree that a structural change, including narrowing, collapsibility of the airway and external compression by a mass or vessel are also possible. Recurrent or persistent croup may occur as a result of an infection or secondary infection. Since your child has been treated with steroids to reduce swelling and is still symptomatic, I would recommend a referral, endoscopy and reimaging the airway. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My newborn is 3 weeks old today and formula fed. He has lots of mucus in his stool. Should this be a concern?
Normal: The stool color is provided by the bile from the liver that is adds to fecal debris.It starts out a deep green & slowly changes thru greens to yellows to browns as the germs in the intestines metabolize the bile.Green generally means the stool in question moved through faster or was subject to less change by gut germs. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Had a baby 3/12 weeks ago delivered at home by a midwife. I am still bleeding as much as a have period is this normal? I have a 3 year old son. I got a uterus infection after birth with him and hemmoraged badly. I have been working out a bit, slow jog and
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