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Worried Baby Fussy Blood Stools
When is nec usually diagnosed, should I be worried if my baby is constantly fussy and has blood in his stools?
Early: Nec is mostly common in premature infants who are hospitalized in a intensive care nursery. Infants rarely get nec at home. The most common cause for bloody stools in a child at home would be a milk protein allergy and may respond to a change in formula. Always consult with your pediatrician first. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A fussy infant or child is one who may be more irritable than usual. She may not eat as much as usual and may have trouble sleeping. A fussy baby may have an infection, teeth coming in, a tummy ache, or just be distressed due to a change of schedule or "having a bad day". If it persists or she can't sleep or eat anything, ...Read more
16 month ingested a pop tab a month ago. Don't know if she's passed it. Today more fussy and had few streaks of blood in stool. Should i worry?
Pediatrician to look: A month is a long time. Foods, seeds, and other little items should pass through in 1-2 days, unless it is getting caught up somewhere. A big question is how sure is it that a pop tab was really swallowed, and what was its shape? A pediatrician can evaluate, and can consult with the pediatric G.I. Doctor to see whether x-ray or other studies need to be done. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 10 wk old is ebf and has mucous in his stool. Blood test in stool was negative. He's not fussy and i'm dairy free for 3 wks. No change. Normal?
Mucus in stool: Normal for breast fed babies, not to worry. ...Read more
Blood in stool: If your baby has not been checked by your pediatrician, please do so asap. If formula-fed, the most common cause is cow's milk allergy (regular formulas are cow-milk-based). Another cause could be bacterial infection. Some constipated babies can develop anal fissures. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why mucous in infant stools sometimes accompanied by tiny blood strains. My baby is almost 5 months old . We have switched to goat milk one month ago.
Depends on...: Finding blood that might be from one's colon or higher up (stomach or small intestine) is worth talking to the doctor about. Depending on one's age and past medical history, the amount of blood, and how it looks, the blood could be from inflammation in the stomach or intestines, a bleeding blood vessel, a cancer, etc... Sometimes, an appointment with the G.I. Specialist is needed. ...Read more
See ur doctor: The most common cause is hard stools causing a small tear in the anus. If he had a hard stool when u found the blood this is probably the cause. If not, or if it is actually loose, then call your doctor. If associated with fever or abdominal pain/fussiness then it is urgent you see your doc or go to er. ...Read more
Anus has fissures?: In a healthy young baby, anal fissures (little cracks in the skin of the anus) can happen after a forceful pooping (poop need not be firm), or after passing a firm poop. When a fissure happens, there may be streaks or spots of blood on the poop. Because young babies poop often, a fissure may take a while to heal up. The parent should talk with a doctor if blood is seen on the poop day after day. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more
Yes: See GI and be scoped. Lots of causes. Need full history and exam. ...Read more
Yes: Any blood in the stool should be evaluated. Please see a doctor. ...Read more
I have had blood in my stool on and off in the last three weeks . What should I do n should I be worried ?
Hematochezia: Hematochezia, or the passing of fresh red blood in the stool, can be caused by a condition as benign as hemorrhoids or diverticulosis, or a by a more serious condition such as an inflammatory bowel disease which is often diagnosed in young adults. You should see your provider to determine the cause of your bleeding. ...Read more
What to do to soften baby's stool, she goes to the bathroom but is hard n painful sometimes with strike of blood?
Depends on situation: Young infants often respond to the natural softeners in full strength apple or prune juice, 1-2 oz offered 1-2x daily, but this takes 2-3 days to work & often needs to be continued daily. Older kids need too avoid applesause, rice cereal & bananas that tend to firm stools in any amount extra fluids help as does the above juices.Occasionally I use MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) in infants as a gentil wetting agent. ...Read more
Had a bit of blood in one stool days back then it went a way. Today it is there again. Should I be worried? It's light blood attached to the stool
Bloody stool: Blood in the stool is a sign of disease in the colon or rectum. Most often, if it is "red" it is from the lower GI tract from hemorrhoids--meaning in or near the rectum. If it is dark or black, it has been in the GI system for a while, and its source is more remote. A good exam is in order and the source of the blood should be determined. ...Read more
I have black flakes or pieces on Tp after wiping, 3 or 4times a week stool looks normal and had a few negative stool test. help worried about blood
Rectal bleeding?: if you have had a negative stool for blood while you're having the black flakes in your stool, then it is unlikely that this is a sign of internal bleeding. Usually when bleeding happens like that, the entire stool turns black and fowl-smelling. If that occurs, you should get it retested. Good luck. ...Read more
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