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Old 08-20-2002, 04:20 AM - Thread Starter
 
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hi, my sister's daughter has alot of allregies so my sister is always really concerned about foods, etc. recently she found blood in her dd's diaper, bright red, and just a teeny tiny amount. i told her it is probably an anal tear, a minor one, maybe caused by a forceful or hard bowel movement, and not to worry too much. the reason she is worried is cuz she thoguth her daughter had celiacs disease but FINALLY got her tested and she doent have it. so now she is introducing wheat, etc. i personally figure her dd is just not used to the new foods she is eating. she has had blood in her diaper before, like a year ago , when all the allregies were being discovered.(so far milk and nuts are the obvious ones) i have seen others post on this board about blood in the dipes and that it just happens sometimes, but i wanted to ask how common is it? and doees that sound like a feasable reason for it?

if anyone also knows about gluten sensitivites and other allergy kinds of info and can direct me to informative websites, that would be awesome , my sis doesnt have a computer, and i said id look stuff up for her.


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Old 08-20-2002, 01:52 PM
 
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I don't know much about the digestive issues but from what I 've learned, bright red blood would indicate an anal tear or fissure or hemmeroid or something at the "output" end of the body. Blood from the digestive system is supposed to be black and look like coffee grounds when it passes.
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Around age 2 or 3 my DD was having blood in her diaper, a quite noticeable amount-for a week or 2. I was panicked. We had just moved and had no insurance. I took her to an expensive ped. who siad it is not uncommon, the ycan doa costly test but she beleived it wasn't worth it, give it a few days. I then called her old ped. and general practices in the phone book and shockingly got the SAME advice. The yall considered even this much blood at tha tage normal. I let it pass and it did.

I am older and wiser now, and mya have handled it differently if it happened now BUT I guess the ywere right tha ttime, btu I wonder what DID cause it? It stills shocks me that no Doc thought anything of it!!
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My daughter had the same issue somewhere around 2 or 3. We went through a barrage of fecal samples, blood allergy tests and even a trip to a specialist in Seattle (an hour and a half drive!) who said, "try metamucil." I was pretty exasperated when all was said and done. The allergy tests and so on all came up negative. I did elimination diets anyway with no real results. She wasn't constipated by definition since her stools were soft. So my doctors perhaps were overly concerned? It is a bit disconcerting when there's blood involved... but it did just go away and we've never had problems since!
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Hi,

My son, who has multiple food allergies, often would have red blood streaks with his stool as a result of an allergy or intolerance to something he ingested. This often went along with multiple BMs and some mucus. His food allergy problems began at 4 months when he began to react to what I was eating - through my breastmilk. I will never forget the horror of finding blood in his diaper! He grew out of the bloody stools by about a year, but continued to get a red diaper rash until about 6 months ago - at age 4. His reactions now have changed to eczema, sleep disturbances and behavioral issues. A good place to ask questions of others dealing with food allergies is a yahoo board called POFAK (parents of food allergic kids). I was able to tell what he reacted to after keeping a food diary for quite a while, and a very limited diet.

BTW - I think you gave me info about places to check out in Montana - a park in Missoula? If it was you - thanks! We just returned from our trip, and had an awesome time. We did play at the park by the river in Missoula. Great tip! I want to move there (missoula) - but it's not in the works - sigh.
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