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Old 06-19-2006, 04:34 PM   #1
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Preschooler has blood in stool

Help! Okay, I do have a doc appointment for him tomorrow, but if anyone could reassure me right now, I'd appreciate it

His pattern has been go once every two days or so, lately he has been going every day, sometimes skip a day, we have increased his fibre intake through cereals. He is a picky eater, working on that too. Stool has been a greenish brown color for quite some time. Last couple of poops have had some red in them, I assumed tomatos, but today, knowing we haven't had tomatos for awhile... I investigated further. It was a chunk of blood. About a week ago he was complaining of tummy ache, passed little bits of mucous, nothing else, then later had some looser stool. Not really diahrea. Started out nice and formed, but just exploded at the end into little bits.

I have taken him to a doc before for his tummy pain, was told he was constipated and to give him a fleet enema. Ha! Yeah right, on an anxious three year old. He went on his own later that evening.

Could this all be simple constipation? I don't know, he has always had a pattern where it hasn't been daily (until recently). I am VERY concerned about the blood though. It's not like fissure blood (I know what that looks like, believe me!), and it seems "in" the stool.



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Old 06-20-2006, 05:15 PM   #2
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Re: Preschooler has blood in stool

Hi -

I was 8 years old when I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. I had blood in my stools - even though my stools looked entirely normal - the blood was mixed in with the stool. I also had abdominal pain, cramping, and high fevers.

I wonder what your doctor told you??

I am now 41 years old and have had about 8 colonoscopies in my lifetime plus tons of barium enemas and sigmoids. It was terrible being that young and having to go through those nasty colon tests. I now do colonoscopies about every 2-3 years. All have been normal.

My colitis is now mild and if I watch what I eat, I do okay. Stress plays a major factor too. I was put on Asacol for anti-inflammatory which helps with the flare-ups.

Good luck to you.


Old 06-20-2006, 06:37 PM   #3
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Re: Preschooler has blood in stool

Hi Lisa, thank you so much for the reply

We saw the doc today. He doesn't want to do any more invasive tests until a stool sample has been analyzed. We discussed the regular tummy pains, always lower left quadrant, his diet (that of a picky eater), and also his tendency to "eat" his blanket, towel fibres, etc. Also talked about his "habit" of sticking his finger in his bum while squatting and playing, which usually leads to stains on the underwear. It doesn't seem like he is itching or irritated (no evidence of this around his anus either), maybe it is a comfort thing ??? who knows with a 3 year old. He will also have "wet farts" leaving a small amount of poop in his underwear typically at least once following a bowel movement.

So, doc ordered: stool analysis, urine analysis, glucose, thyroid, full blood panel, ferriten. I won't hear anything unless anything stands out. He said not to worry unless it starts happening more frequently. Told me he could have scraped his anus while passing a hard stool. I told the doc I knew all about fissures personally and that he has not complained about passing, and in fact, all his stools are quite soft, nicely formed and do not fit the description of being constipated (doc must LOVE me!).

While I do not want anything to be wrong with my son, I am hoping that something will at least come about to give an indication of why he may be having all these tummy aches (usually occur later after passing stool). Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your story with me, I am glad things have settled somewhat for you as you have gotten older. I cannot imagine going through all those tests at such a young age! I had to have a barium enema once and i thought the prep would kill me! I can't imagine doing it over and over again...


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