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Help with newborn blood in diaper?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Hi all...

It has been a long time since I've needed your collective help... but..

My best friend (now 5 hours away) just gave birth...
Of course, being my best friend, she has left her son intact and knows the dangers of forcible premature retraction..

so.. she's telling me a few minutes ago that when she changed her sons diaper in the hospital, that there was some pink, which she took as blood mixed with urine, in his diaper. She said she flipped out and told the nurses that no one had better have retracted her son. They got the ped, who explained to her that since she is breastfeeding, that he passed little crystals through his urine and its common with breastfed babies.
Now I remember my son having some blood in his diaper, but looking back, I think it was just some separation..and he was a bit older, not a newborn.
I've never heard of microscopic crystals coming out of a newborn babies penis causing discolored urine..

does this sound right to any of you?

I'm off to research the net for her..

Thanks in advance for your help!
post #2 of 16
Yes, they call it 'brick dust' sometimes, so Google that as well.

Yay for your friend and her son!
post #3 of 16
My son had that as well. He never left me and was not retracted. He wasn't getting enough milk. Tell your friend to have babies latch checked.
post #4 of 16
http://pediatrics.about.com/od/weekl...r_crystals.htm Had to find you a link. Since she *just* gave birth, her milk is probably not in in the crazy amounts it will be shortly... when he's nursing well, it should go away. If she sees it happening repeatedly after her milk is fully in, though, he could be dehydrated and she should check with an LC.
post #5 of 16
This happened to a friend of mine, as well. Her ped. called it "salmon crystals" and it's from slight dehydration. It's uric acid she's seeing.
post #6 of 16
totally normal, and not a cause for concern in the first days - once her milk comes in he will be hydrated and it'll go away. I remember looking it up here as well when DS was born b/c I'd never heard of it and it was freaky to see.
post #7 of 16
I can just picture it, one day, when I am a little older, one of my older friends is going to have a newborn and she invited everyone over. She is going to be facing some little problem, and I will be like "o, thats just "salmon crystals" its common with breast fed newborns, and my friend will look back at me with a questioning look on her face and say "how do you know that?"

I guess this is what I get for hanging out on a mothering website. I fail as a teenage male
post #8 of 16
My son had that when he was about 5 days old, and I freaked out, having no idea what it was! It was kind of salmon colored and in the very front of his diaper. I had told everyone not to retract him, and was worried maybe somebody had. The doctor told me it was uric acid crystals, nothing to be overly concerned with.
post #9 of 16
My ds had the same thing. It freaked me out...but I asked a nurse and she said it was normal.
post #10 of 16
Yep ds had that at about 2-3 days old. I called the ped and he asked if he was circed I said no he said well if it keeps up you need to bring him in. I had a appt. later that day with the mw's nurse for followup on me and ds and he had one while there and right away she told me what it was "brick dust" and how with bfed babies they have it because the milk isnt fully in and mine wasnt.

I can only imagine the crap the ped. would have spewed had I taken him in. Probably some BS about irritated foreskin needs to come off. :
post #11 of 16
DD had 'brick dust' and engorged breasts at birth...it's just left over hormones.
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by perspective View Post
I can just picture it, one day, when I am a little older, one of my older friends is going to have a newborn and she invited everyone over. She is going to be facing some little problem, and I will be like "o, thats just "salmon crystals" its common with breast fed newborns, and my friend will look back at me with a questioning look on her face and say "how do you know that?"

I guess this is what I get for hanging out on a mothering website. I fail as a teenage male

I get that "How'd you know that?" thing. I know a good bit about one very specific area and people translate that to knowing everything about medical issues and want me to diagnose problems far remote from the genitals, advise on treatment and second guess the doctors. "Nope, I don't do that! I'll give you the best information I can on genital issues of boys but you're going to have to get the diagnosis and treatment from a licenced physician."

You are certainly not a failure as a teenaged male! You are a prize as a potential future father. Do you realize that most other men your age or any age just have no clue?



Frank
post #13 of 16
When my oldest son was born he had what appeared to be blood, but the doctor called it "brick staining". He was dehydrated because my milk never came in until day 5 and I refused the formula, so the urine was so concentrated it looked like blood.
post #14 of 16
I know I'm late in this response, but my youngest had "brick dust"- was dark orange color- in his diaper as a newborn. I was told it would go away on its own. I thought it was blood, too, at first. (From what I don't know- he's intact.)
post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 
thanks everyone...

after reading your responses and researching, I reassured my girlfriend that it was urate crystals; a high concentration of uric acid... he is nursing more now and there doesn't seem to be any other issues...


BTW, perspective.... I defintely agree with frank.. you are going to be an awesome resource for your friends that are/become parents, and will be a really knowledgable father!
post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by foreskin friendly View Post
BTW, perspective.... I defintely agree with frank.. you are going to be an awesome resource for your friends that are/become parents, and will be a really knowledgable father!

Yes, and he has a distinct advantage I do not have. All of his friends are either in their child bearing years or will be soon. I have few IRL friends in that category and thus fewer opportunities.


Frank
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