Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: T | 2012-05-06

Q.

Blood in stools

My baby is 3 weeks old and a week ago I noticed her stool had mucus and was a bit greenish, the next day there was also a bit of blood so I took her to a doctor and the doctor said she has a bacteria and prescribed antibiotik amoxil for 5 days. After giving her the antibiotik there was no more blood, the stool was back yellowish but still had mucus. On the last day of giving her the antibiotik there was a thicker mucus again with blood. does this mean that the antibiotik did not help or could there something else wrong? The baby feels fine otherwise. I am breastfeeding her and I read on the internet that this could be caused by milk allergy, is that really true or could there be s omething serious wrong? I am very worried.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

It is always necessary to find out why a baby has blood in the stools. One common cause is a small tear in the anus. It can be due to cow's milk allergy. Another cause is a possible bacterial infection. There are other causes such as a condition known as Meckels diverticulum. If it is due to an infection,Amoxil is the wrong antibiotic to use. It is essential that your baby is seen by a paediatrician as soon as possible.

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