Blood in Stool in Infants
What is blood in the stool of a child or infant?In most cases, when a parent is dealing with blood in the stool of the child, then this may be caused by certain irritants, like milk or soy intolerance, inflammatory bowel disease, juvenile polyps, or other allergies. When a child has a bowel movement or they have blood in their stool, this may be an indicator of one of these things being wrong. The parent may want to take the child into have the stool tested to see what the cause for the blood can be. Blood in the stool of a child may also be caused by irritation of the bowel or intestine. Below are questions about blood in stool of infants and children that are answered by the Experts.
If a infant has blood in their stool and is three weeks old, that has been there since the infant changed formula, what can this be?In most cases, when an infant has blood in their stool, then this may be caused by several issues such as, allergies to milk or formula, anal fissures, Gastroenteritis, or a bleeding vessel or ulcer. The parent may also need to try and see if the child has an allergy to the formula that the parent has switched them to and testing may be needed to make sure that there is no other issue.
If an infant has a trace of blood in their stool and seems to have stomach pains after eating, what can cause this?In most cases, if the child is otherwise healthy, then this may be caused from a milk allergy. If it was not a milk allergy that is causing it, then it could be a bleeding polyp. The parent may need to have the child allergy tested to see if it is a milk allergy or have a test done to see if the bleeding polyp is an issue.
What can a parent do if they are dealing with microscopic blood as well and visible blood in their stool?In most cases, when a parent is dealing with blood in their child’s stool and they have tried several options to figure out what is causing it, then they may want to think about having stool testing done. The parents may want to see if they can get their child into see a pediatric gastroenterologist. This will help to find out if there is an allergy or if it is some other cause for the blood to be in the stool.
Should a parent keep breastfeeding their infant of they have had blood in their stool for a period of three weeks?In most cases, when an infant has blood in their stool, then the cause may not be known. If the infant is healthy and growing, then generally the blood in the stool will resolve on its own. In most cases, when a child is breast fed, then the allergy to milk is rare, but the parent may want to try and cut back on their own intake of milk products to see if this will help to resolve the blood in the stool.
When an infant has blood in their stool, this may alarm the parent and the parent may have questions regarding what the blood is from, how to treat the blood or even what can be done as far as tests for the blood in the stool. When a parent has these questions, then they may need to seek the answers from an Expert.