Before you assume what you saw was blood, do think about what foods your baby may have eaten recently. Foods can certainly cause stools to take on every shade of the rainbow. In the days ahead, you definitely want to monitor his baby stool. Blood that appears in baby poop can have several causes. Some of those causes are not all that alarming, others may require medical attention.
Baby Stool, Blood and Effects on Appearance
You want to note if the blood is mixed throughout the poop, appears only in one isolated spot, or looks like a red streak or stripe. How the blood appears in the baby stool may help indicate the source of the problem. A streak may indicate that there is a tiny tear in the anal tissue, whereas blood sort of marbled throughout the stool may indicate an different kind of problem. If the blood continues to appear in the stool, call your doctor and describe what it is that you are seeing.
Causes of Blood in Baby Poop
Here are just a few reasons why your baby may have blood in his stool:
- An anal fissure
- A food allergy
- Maternal blood from delivery or from cracked, sore nipples
- An instestinal infection
- An intestinal disorder, such as colitis or intussusception
Treating Blood in Baby Stool
In most instances, the issue is likely the small tear, possibly caused by a particularly explosive poop that you may have noted or by a very hard stool. If this is the case, the blood will likely appear as a spot or a long streak in the stool. These generally heal quickly, but your doctor may suggest lubricating your baby's rectum with a glycerin suppository.
If your baby's issue is not an anal tear, your doctor will be able to advise appropriate treatment once a diagnosis is made. Keep in mind that just a little bit of blood in the stool of a healthy baby can be normal. If your baby is showing signs of sickness such as fever, diarrhea, or abdominal pain, seek medical attention.