December 17, 2009,
F.S. asks from Whiteland, IN on December 16, 2009
Blood in 12 Month Old Stools
I was changing my 12 month old and i noticed some blood in her stools. Her bowel movements have been there with nearly every diaper change but they have been lite brown pebble looking. I guessing shes constipated thats what the nurse at the doctors office said also. Does anyone have any suggestions for what i can do for her consipation besides a supository, i'd like to use that as a last resort. thanks!
also her butthole isnt bleeding (sorry to be so blunt)
J.C. answers from Cleveland on December 17, 2009
Hi, F.! Mandarin oranges work for us every time! Give it a shot! She's old enough that she can eat them. Who knows... they may become her new favorite fruit! Best wishes!
C.R. answers from Columbus on December 17, 2009
It seems that you have gotten a lot of good advice. I just wanted to add a few things. If you try the juice route, our pediatrician told us to try Prune or Pear juice. If you try Prune, you need to get it in the regular juice section of the grocery store and not the Gerber brand. The Gerber brand is a prune-apple mix. Apple juice counteracts the Prune juice. They do make a Gerber Pear juice which is fine. We would typically dilute the juice so that they don't get use to the strong sweet taste. The juice route does not show immediate results but typically within 24 hours. Good luck!
K.V. answers from Columbus on December 17, 2009
Have you tried the prune/apple juice combo from gerber it worked well for my one son.
D.W. answers from Indianapolis on December 17, 2009
How long has the blood been in the stools? I think you should start there.
Have you given him an anti-biotic lately? Omnicef which is commonly given as a 3rd-attempt for ear infections can turn the stools red.
When I was in chemo last year, I was horribly constipated and had blood in the stools, I had to take daily stool softeners/laxatives. It's different for a 12 month-old, but in addition to the Miralax (which I never took but heard great things about), I'd ask a pharmacist/your pediatrician about either using Senna (vegetable-based laxative/stool softener) or adding fiber supplements such as BeneFiber or FiberSure to her food. They are power based and dissolve in liquids.
Our daughter's had some issues with constipation lately, too. It breaks your heart. Just make sure she's getting fluids (the reason pears/prunes are recommended is because of their high fiber content) as constipation can be a sign of dehydration, too.
K.M. answers from Lafayette on December 17, 2009
For us, nothing works like canned fruit cocktail. Holy moly... Also, lots of fluids.
S.C. answers from Fort Wayne on December 16, 2009
My daughter suffers from constipation and has her whole life. If your dd is constipated, it's very possible that the inside of her rectum is bleeding. Try some pears and pear juice. It tastes way better than prunes or prune juice! Make sure you are pushing the fluids...lots and lots of fluids. Like 8 glasses of water a day. It's a TON for a kid, but it will help get things moving. Stay away from dairy, pasta, bananas and meat. LOTS of fruits and vegetables. Give it a few days. If you don't notice any improvement, you may have to give her a laxative of some sort. My daughter takes Miralax daily to help with her problems.
C.W. answers from Cincinnati on December 17, 2009
Do what DDin law had to do for the little one. Murelax I thinkl I spelled it wrong but you put it in water or juice and they drink it. He has issues to the point we had to take him to Childrens and the dr put her finger in his little butt and hooked it on poo to pull it out and then they did an inema. Boy did that stink and he went and went for what seemed like forever. He needed more fiber. They did an Xray he was full. No room left for poo to back up. She had to do it every few days until he was okay. Very drastic but they won't get him to eat anything other than Chicken nuggets and they must be from McDonald's and apple jacks and his milk.
S.D. answers from Indianapolis on December 17, 2009
Unless the poo is coming out in hard little balls, she's not constipated. The best thing to do for constipation is nurse more often. Otherwise, watered down juice, especially apple and prune, work pretty well.
Did you just start her on milk? It could be an intolerance or allergy.
R.D. answers from Indianapolis on December 17, 2009
Do NOT give your 1 yr. old 8 full glasses of water a day! That is too much water for her, and she should also have milk. If you have questions about your daughter's constipation, call and ask your doctor's office. They should know your child, and what is best for your child.