Maybe somebody could help! My son is 8 years old and within the last month, and today there has been bright red blood in his stool. I noticed once a couple weeks ago, and then again today. I am very concerned. It is bright red. Should I take him to the E.R.? He is not in pain, as a matter of fact, he is quite normal.
Bright red means fresh, which may come from a scratch of the anus due to hard stools or scratchy foods passing thru. Watch his diet, serve only non scratching type foods for a while and see if this corrects the problem, as well as determining whether he has a constipation problem.
Blood from a scratch will be more on the outside of the stool rather than inside middle of a stool.
It could also mean your son may have decided to investigate a little and caused a scratch/tear of the skin.
You would be wise to take him to the doctor, not ER, if this happens again.
Dark blood indicates internal bleeding, and an ER visit would be merited if you could not get in touch with his doctor.
My comments are based on the bleeding to be a small amount, not a flow of blood, or lots of blood.
Note: I am not a medical professional. Speak from experinece only.
You didn't say how much blood you're talking about, but I'm assuming it's not a huge amount? If so, I agree it's probably from a tear in the anus caused by either straining (constipation) or something passing through that's scratched him (popcorn hulls, fruit seeds, etc.). I doubt if you need to take your son to the ER unless there's an large amount of blood, but I do think you should take him to the doctor and find out what's causing this problem. Another thought: are you positive it's blood? Tomatoes and beets, for example, show up red in the stool and can be very frightening.