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mucusy blood in baby's stool
3odawareboys posted:
My son is 9 weeks old and has had blood in his stool from about 2 weeks. We originally thought he was lactose intollerant, but he is now on soy formula and is still having the issue. He goes through cycles of bloody stools and diarrhea. His pediatrician has sent off stool samples and no infections have been found. He was referred to a specialist, but I can't get him seen for 2 weeks. I am very concerned and would like to know what the possibilities are? Am I freaking out for nothing?
Sara DuMond, MD, FAAP responded:
I am so sorry that your son has been having these issues. Few things are worse than having to wait for answers while you continue to worry. Blood streaks in stools are not entirely uncommon in babies, and there are a few things that come to mind. You mentioned the possibility of lactose intolerance. Typically, it isn't lactose intolerance that causes blood in babies' bowel movements, but an actual allergy to the protein in milk. The catch, is that many babies also have an allergy to soy, so you wouldn't necessarily expect to see an improvement on a soy formula. Have you tried any of the "hypoallergenic" formulas like Alimentum or Nutramigen? If not, it might be worth discussing with your pediatrician until you can get in to see the gastroenterologist. I am also assuming that your pediatrician has ruled out fissures/constipation as a cause. Lastly, very severe gastroesophageal reflux can lead to blood in stools in very severe cases. All of these conditions are very treatable, so continue to explore the possibilities with your doctors and keep us posted on what you find out. Best of luck to you.
Dr. DuMond

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