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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
The term "irritability" is used for infants and young children who, when ill, are especially fussy, whiny, and fretful, despite attempts at comforting and soothing them. Irritability can be a very early sign of serious problems. Although irritability is not a symptom of any specific illness, it should arouse suspicion in the parent that something might be wrong with the child, even though there may not ...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
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
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