Reasons for blood in baby stool?
The following are common causes for blood in baby stool.
Blood in infant stool might be a sign that the baby is suffering from allergic colitis, a condition in which the baby has an allergic reaction to protein that makes its way into breast milk after the mother consumes milk and breastfeeds the baby.
Depending on how sensitive the baby is to the milk, the allergic reaction may result in colon inflammation that causes a little blood to find its way into the baby's stool. Even though cow's milk is the most common source of colitis, goat milk and soy milk have also been known to trigger the allergy.
Anal fissures or tears are among the most common causes of blood in baby stool. When the baby passes stool that is too hard or runny, it can break down the fragile tissue that lines the baby’s anus. In many cases, a diet of only milk tends to result in runny stool.
Home treatment is usually effective for anal fissures, and they can heal in a few days. If they are taking too long to heal, your doctor can provide treatment to speed up the healing process. Anal fissures don’t lead to other severe health problems. However, if the blood in the stool persists, consult the doctor.
Infection of the intestine
Intestinal infection can occur due to any one of a variety of bacteria, including Campylobacter jejuni, E coli, salmonella, shigella, staphylococcus, and Yersinia. The inflammation caused by these infections may result in tiny tears, which in turn lead to blood in your baby’s stool. Note that bacteria in the stool of an infected baby can be transmitted to another person if they don’t practice proper hygiene.
Blood from the mother
Blood in baby stool might be from the mother’s sore, cracked nipples. Maternal blood from delivery can also cause blood in stools of babies. The blood appears in the stool after the baby ingests some of the mother’s blood as it breastfeeds. Maternal blood isn’t toxic to the baby.