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Originally Posted by caedmyn
My 3 month old DD has had blood in her stool a couple of times in the past 2 weeks. I know food allergies can cause this, but I thought that would cause blood actually *in* the poop and this is mixed with it but not *in* it (it's like when you get blood in the toilet during AF, sorry if TMI!).
I did some searching online and it seems like this is probably a fairly common thing, and it didn't look like any of the causes were serious as long as it doesn't happen a lot or with a lot of blood, but I'm still concerned and would really like to figure out what is causing this.
|It is thought that the intestinal lining cannot properly digest the proteins (milk and soy) therefore they are taken up into the blood stream where the body treats them like an antigen and produces antibodies mimicking an allergic response. The intestinal tract then recognizes the ingested proteins as it would an allergen and the intestinal lining reacts by becoming inflamed, often shedding blood into the stool. Some blood may be visible in stools and other blood detected by occult blood testing. The lining of the intestine, then, becomes further damaged as it is continuously exposed to these proteins.|
Mama to 4 girls 5/05, 12/07, 9/09, 3/11
Originally Posted by donutmolly
I would continue exploring the milk/soy protein allergy possiblity. My baby had bright red streaks in her diaper, and frequent, watery stools. She was also fairly fussy all the time because her little tummy hurt. The information my doctor gave me said that it can take a month of full dairy restriction before the milk protein is out of a baby's system. For my daughter, it took 6 weeks, and I had to be absolutely sure I got not a speck of milk, casein, etc. in anything. Hope this helps!
Molly and Melody
M, mom to DS1 (8 yrs), DS2 (5 yrs), and DS3 (2 yrs).
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