Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Mom | 2010-02-10


Blood in infant stool


My daughter is 4 and a half months old. She is exclusively breastfed and has been quite healthy besides a cold she had when she was about 6 weeks old. About a month ago her stool had some blood streaks. It was only once and she wasnt sick/fussy.

My older kids are sick at the moment with throat infection, cold and fever. My infant also started out with a fever in the night and a bit of a runny nose. Her fever was 38.1C. It has gone down now. I didnt give any meds just spoged her down. She is also not fussy. However I am a bit worried now cause there was blood in her stool again- only a few streaks. She has about 6-7 stools a day ( usually small and one big). Her weight is about 7.2 kg and she is well built. Should I be concerened about this blood in her stool?


Expert's Reply



I am always concerned when there is blood in a baby's stool. This may simply come from a small tear in the anus which sometimes occurs in babies who are constipated. Your bay has a fever and is passing 7 stools a day. She may have a gastric infection especially with a bacteria called campylobacter. Please ask your paediatrician to see your baby daughter.

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