I would greatly appreciate any help on this issue we're having. About a week ago (baby was 2 weeks old), I noticed little specks of blood in my babys stools. He is only breastfed and it also seems as though his stools are extra watery and explosive along with having a bowel movement after every feeding. At a check up with our midwives, they said that he had a pretty big fissure. Then four days later I began to see actual blood coming out of his anus as opposed to the little specks. This was also happening more frequently. So our doctor suggested we go to the hospital.
At the ER, they did an x-ray to make sure there was no air bubbles? and also gave him the oral vitamin K because we had declined at birth. However, from the lab work his vitamin k levels were fine, everything came back normal, they saw no fissure, and suggested it was a dairy intolerance in my diet. Though I really dont eat dairy except for butter.
Other info about him is that he is still a little jaundiced (10) and he is very fussy when the bowel movements have blood. He is gaining very well, has had no fever, sleeps regularly if hes not having tummy trouble, and aside from the painful times, seems to be happy.
I have started to eliminate dairy(which i really only had butter before), wheat, soy, eggs, citrus, caffeine. However the only food listed above that I have regularly would be wheat. Ive been off of these foods for 5 days now, and the stools are random, but still have at least one bloody stool per day.
Im wondering what you think the cause of the bleeding is and if I should be switching to formula for a bit (which i would REALLY not like).
Please help point me in some clear direction. Thank you!
Definitely eliminating all dairy, soy, and gluten-containing foods from your diet, for at least 2 months, would decrease the amount of allergens in your breastmilk. This may or may not have anything to do with your baby's issue, so I would also insist on further work-up from baby's pediatrician, particularly because you notice he is uncomfortable when passing the bloody stool. The x-ray at the ER was likely to look for an intestinal blockage, and it sounds like there was no blockage. Until there is a clear reason to do so, switching to formula would not be my choice. That said, if your pediatrician is able to rule out other causes, then a temporary switch to a hypo-allergenic formula would be an option to see if that eliminates the bloody stool.
Possible causes of blood in baby's stool:
Food allergies to something baby or nursing mom is ingesting
Anal tear or fissure
Ingesting blood (such as from mom's cracked nipple)
Vitamin supplementation for baby (vitamin drops, fluoride drops)
Lactose intolerance, which can develop due to an intestinal infection
Infection, such as C. Difficile or Salmonella
Please follow-up and let me know how your little one is doing.
Jennifer Karon-Flores, ND |
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