Heces with blood in the baby: 6 main causes and what to do
The bleeding in the heces of the baby presents itself as rays or hilos of blood in the country and generally it is not a serious situation, which could be due to dermatitis of the country or stress, for example. In addition, many times, the red or dark colors can be confused with the presence of blood, but they are usually related to the consumption of foods with strong colors or dyes, such as curd, tomato or gelatin.
However, the blood in the baby’s heces can also indicate more serious illnesses, such as infections, intestinal obstruction or food allergies.
Therefore, it is important to consult a pediatrician when, in addition to bleeding, other symptoms arise, such as swelling in the belly, diarrhea with blood and/or fever equal to or above 38ºC.
The main causes for the emergence of blood in the babies’ lives are:
It is more common when the baby takes a bottle or after starting feeding from 4 to 6 months of age, which can be a low fiber diet. They can be separated in the form of balls and lots of pain, causing a lot of pain at the time of evacuating.
what to do: offer more water to the baby, and if you have started a diversified diet, if you can offer more foods rich in fiber such as papaya, for example. It is important to consult a pediatrician, as in some cases it may be necessary to introduce a child laxative.
2. Anal fissure
The anal fissure is a small lesion that appears in the year and is generally related to stress due to the presence of more dry and hard times, when more strength is needed to evacuate. For this reason, it is common that in the presence of an anal fissure, hilos of blood are observed in the pañal, in addition to pain at the time of evacuating.
what to do: it is important that las heces sean mais suaves, ya that this way, al pasar por el ano no causan heridas. Giving the child a yoke of natural fruit and foods that help to soothe the intestine is also a good option. In the most serious cases, when the baby has more than 5 days without evacuating, you can use a child laxative containing glycerin to empty the intestines.
3. Food allergy
Food allergies are also a very common cause of bleeding in babies and can also occur in babies who are breastfed due to certain foods that the mother eats, such as cow’s milk and its derivatives, soya. However, it is more common that it is present in babies fed with a bottle, due to the use of milk that contains cow or soy milk protein.
In these cases, the symptoms generally start in the first 3 months of life and include the appearance of heces with hilos or blood clots.
What to do: It is important to identify the food responsible for baby allergies. In the case of a baby with exclusive maternal lactation, it is recommended that the woman pay attention to some foods that she consumes, in order to avoid the consumption of cow’s milk, its derivatives and soy-based foods.
In addition, if the baby’s diet includes bottles with milk based on cow’s milk or soya, it may be necessary to change them to extensively hydrolyzed milk and avoid foods that contain them. See how to choose the best milk for the newborn.
4. Rozadura del panal
When the rash is more severe, as can happen in case of diarrhea; the skin of the baby can become sensible and have bled. In these cases, even though it may seem that they have bled, in reality they are the result of the rozadura por el pañal. The blood, in these cases, is alive and easy to identify, especially when cleaning the baby.
What to do: avoid cleaning the baby with wet cloths, preferring to clean it with a piece of cotton soaked in tibia water. The use of the ointment to change the pañal is indicated especially when the skin is herida, but it can also be used as a form of protection, because it creates a barrier that prevents the direct contact of the children with the skin of the baby.
5. Infectious diarrhea
Intestinal infections, especially those caused by bacteria, can produce bloody diarrhea. In these situations, in addition to vomiting, fever and cramps, there may be bleeding in the babies’ lives due to an infection in the intestine.
In newborn babies, some more serious causes of diarrhea include necrotizing enterocolitis and enterocolitis associated with Hirschsprung’s illness, an illness that impairs bowel movements.
what to do: it is important to consult a pediatrician as soon as possible, especially in the case of newborns. Treatment generally includes the use of antibiotics and measures to prevent dehydration, such as the use of oral rehydration serum or homemade serum. In addition, maintaining food through maternal sine, infant formula or light foods can help prevent dehydration from worsening. See what happens in case of childhood diarrhea.
6. Vaginal bleeding in newborns
Newborn children can present bleeding in the country without it being related to the heces, as well as the hormonal changes that occur in their body, generating a “mini menstruation”, which happens in a few days.
This is more frequent in the first days or at most in the first 2 weeks. The amount of blood in the country is very poor, and there may be some pink spots.
What to do: It is important to show it to the pediatrician and the pañal so that other causes of bleeding can be ruled out. In case it is a “mini-menstruation” no specific type of treatment is needed, in case there is not a big amount or in all the changes of country, it usually lasts 1 or 2 days.
Warning signs to go to the doctor
It is recommended to go to the doctor as soon as possible when, in addition to bleeding, the baby is present |:
- Much too much;
- Lack of appetite, rejecting maternal milk or food;
- Excessive tiredness, if you want to do nothing;
- Other symptoms such as vomiting, fever or diarrhea.
In spite of the fact that the baby appears healthy and there is presence of heces con sangre, it is important to consult a pediatrician to investigate the cause.
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