G.V. asks from Dale, TX on November 07, 2009
D.F. answers from Austin on November 09, 2009
Absolutely not!!!!! You need to take him in to the pediatrician! There's no good reason this should be happening in a 17 day old. Blood in the stool could be for a very dangerous reason.
S.L. answers from Austin on November 08, 2009
Yes. This happened to my daughter when we supplemented with formula one weekend, the reason being a milk allergy. Formula is dairy based and triggers that allergy where breastmilk might not. Now that he actively has the allergy, even breastmilk could be a problem unless you cut out dairy. The best thing to do would be to go back to nursing and cut dairy out of your diet. There are also dairy-free formulas available. A true milk allergy, usually showing up as bloody stools, almost always goes away by the time the child is one year old. Go to the doctor to be sure.
L.M. answers from Houston on November 08, 2009
K.F. answers from Corpus Christi on November 08, 2009
When my son and daughter were babies they had that too. Doc said it was normal if it is just a few strands. It is from straining to go poop.
J.H. answers from Houston on November 08, 2009
Keep watching it, probably is an alleregy. My 6 month old has had it for 3 months now on and off and I was told to cut out dairy and soy from my diet after 3 weeks of less blood but still some beef and eggs were cut. Still some blood so the GI doc did a sigmoidoscopy to look around and confirm from her red areas that it is a food allergy and that it won't hurt her and it will go away. With your baby it could be a milk allergy since that is what most of those formulas are based on. Try a different formula and see. If it still continues with a no milk based formula you will need a special formula that I think the doc haas to give you. Best of luck to you! Don't worry, sounds like an allergy!!
A.P. answers from Austin on November 08, 2009
Yes, it's almost certainly the reason, most likely caused by a cow's milk protein intolerance. Many times the intolerance takes a while to show up when the baby's getting dairy only through the mother's milk, so it's likely that the switch to formula just caused the symptoms of the intolerance (blood in the stool) to show up sooner than it would have if you had continued to exclusively breastfeed.
I recommend going back to breastfeeding if at all possible. (There are lots of good lactation consultants in town who can help you, often for free at the hospital at which you gave birth when you're baby's this young, assuming you birthed at a hospital.) If for whatever reason you choose to stick with formula, you need to get your baby on a formula where all the proteins are already broken down and that does not contain ANY dairy. If you do resume breastfeeding, you need to eliminate ALL dairy from your diet. It often takes 21-30 days to get the dairy out of your system and then your baby's, so you might not see improvement in the symptoms for that long.
Pediatricians often miss this tell tale sign of cow's milk protein intolerance, so don't believe yours if s/he says that's not it. Something is hurting your baby's gut, and the gut can be permanently damaged if the baby keeps ingesting whatever it is. And often other symptoms accompany the blood, like stomach pain or reflux that parents or doctors dismiss as "colic".
My daughter began having blood streaks in her stool at 4-5 months, and I was exclusively breastfeeding. I gave up ALL dairy, and 21 days later the blood was gone and never returned. And I never ate dairy again for as long as I was nursing, nor have I reintroduced dairy to my daughter's diet, and she's 2.5 years old. Milk protein intolerance is very common in young children. Sometimes they never outgrow it, and sometimes they do - some at age 2-3, and some not until more like 6 years old.
Our first pedi did not even mention protein intolerance as a possible cause when I first took my daughter in, at 4 months. I went home and researched it online, determined that it was a cow's milk protein intolerance, went back to the same practice, different pedi, and before I could even tell him my theory about the cause, he said, "it's a classic sign of cow's milk protein intolerance".
So trust YOUR gut, and completely eliminate dairy from your baby's diet one way or another.
N.R. answers from Austin on November 09, 2009
A girl?? Perfectly normal! A boy....not so sure:(
S.D. answers from Austin on November 08, 2009
Always call the pediatrician if you're concerned about something - especially if there's blood involved. They usually have a nurse's line you can call for free. What's the reason for giving up on breastfeeding so soon? It's SOOOO good for babies. If you're having trouble, your local La Leche League is very good source of help and it's free, too. (www.lllusa.org)
L.N. answers from Austin on November 08, 2009
The same thing happened to my daughter when I stopped breast feeding and switched to formula...took her to the emergency room and found out she was allergic to the formula and we had to switch to Nutramagin formula. Contact your doctor ASAP!!