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If my baby has a lot of bloody diarrhea should I take him to the er?

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Dr. Patricia Vuguin
Pediatrics
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In brief: Yes

Make sure that he/she gets seen by a doctor to figure out where the blood is coming from.

In brief: Yes

Make sure that he/she gets seen by a doctor to figure out where the blood is coming from.
Dr. Patricia Vuguin
Dr. Patricia Vuguin
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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

If it is clearly blood and large amounts of it, yes- it is best to be sure there if there is anything serious going on.
Potential causes of bloody stools include: gastrointestinal infection (especially if high fever is present), food allergies, tear of blood vessels/bleeding polyps in the gastrointestinal tract (rare).

In brief: Yes

If it is clearly blood and large amounts of it, yes- it is best to be sure there if there is anything serious going on.
Potential causes of bloody stools include: gastrointestinal infection (especially if high fever is present), food allergies, tear of blood vessels/bleeding polyps in the gastrointestinal tract (rare).
Dr. Lisa Roberts
Dr. Lisa Roberts
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Dr. Colton Bradshaw
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Unarguably bloody diarrhea is not normal.
Most pediatricians would prefer to evaluate this situation in the office first. While frightening, rarely does does bloody diarrhea require hospital admission. A small amount of blood mixed into a large portion of watery stool can suggest more blood than it actually is. However, if this occurs during non-office hours, then the baby should go to the er.

In brief: Yes

Unarguably bloody diarrhea is not normal.
Most pediatricians would prefer to evaluate this situation in the office first. While frightening, rarely does does bloody diarrhea require hospital admission. A small amount of blood mixed into a large portion of watery stool can suggest more blood than it actually is. However, if this occurs during non-office hours, then the baby should go to the er.
Dr. Colton Bradshaw
Dr. Colton Bradshaw
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