You may immediately panic when you see blood in your baby’s diaper after having a poop. Even so, bloody stools in babies aren’t always a sign of danger. In some conditions, it turns out that this is commonplace.
When you see blood and reddish color in the stool, pay attention to the texture and amount of blood in the stool, as well as its health condition. Mothers should understand the various causes so that they can determine when your little one should be brought to the doctor immediately to get the right treatment.
Various Causes of Bloody Stools in Babies
There are various causes for finding blood in the baby stool, Which are:
1. Food intake
The baby’s digestive system is still in a developmental stage, so that certain foods, drinks, or medicines that are consumed are sometimes not digested properly. This causes sometimes found the color or texture of the food consumed in the baby’s stool.
A baby’s stool may turn red if he eats foods that have a red coloring, such as beets or tomatoes. When you find a red color in your little one’s stool, you can first check whether the red color is blood or not.
2. Constipation and anal fissures
Constipation can occur in all babies, but it is more often experienced by babies who consume formula milk or have just started consuming solids (complementary breastfeeding).
Constipation will force the baby to push when defecating. The pressure that is too hard can create small cuts and tears in the anal area known as anal fissures.
When there is an injury to the anal area, blood spots can be found in the baby’s stool. If prolonged, this constipation can cause hemorrhoids in children.
3. Diaper rash
When your little one has a diaper rash, you may find blood in the stool. This is because the skin that has a diaper rash may experience sores and blisters.
4. Milk Allergy
Some babies have a milk allergy. The type of milk that can cause allergies is usually formula milk, but some babies are allergic to soy milk, even breast milk.
In babies with milk allergy conditions, the content in the milk they consume can cause inflammation of the digestive tract, and make the baby’s bowel movements bleed.
5. Intestinal infections
In some cases, blood in the baby’s stool can be a sign of viral, bacterial, or parasitic infection. This infection can trigger intestinal inflammation that makes bowel movements bloody.
Apart from blood in the stool, intestinal infections can also be characterized by diarrhea, bowel movements that are mucus and foamy, fever, and the baby becomes very fussy.
How to deal with babies Bloody Stools
Bloody Stools in babies need to be addressed according to the cause. However, there are several things you can do when you notice blood or reddish spots in the baby’s stool, which are:
- Make sure that the blood spots or redness in the baby’s stool are not part of the diet he is eating.
- Increase fiber intake in complementary foods, and provide complementary foods with a texture appropriate to the age stage. This is necessary if the baby is constipated.
- If the baby has bloody bowel movements accompanied by mucus and diarrhea, especially if the baby has a fever, give him enough fluids and consult a doctor immediately. These symptoms can indicate that the baby has inflammation or infection in the digestive tract.
Blood in a baby’s stool can be caused by various things. Some conditions can heal on their own and can be treated independently at home.
However, if bloody defecation occurs in babies aged less than 3 months, there is a lot of blood in the baby’s stool, accompanied by diarrhea, fever, weakness, more fussiness, and looks sick, immediately consult a pediatrician for proper treatment.