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OK so who else am I going to ask about this? MNers of course
ds2 15 mo has constipation, hadn't been for 36 hours and I could tell it was going to be a case of straining out some hard marbles. I had to help him getting a couple of light brown marbles out. They were hard but a bit slimey (told you not to read if you were eating) and in the middle of them was fresh blood. Yes fresh blood. Just a bit, but it wasn't from his poor little rectum being strained on exit, it was within the turd. If you see what I mean. They turned out to be marble plugs and the rest of the poo was fine.
What do you think - panic or just keep a close eye on him and get him to drink lots of water?
thank goodness I have you lot to discuss the fine details of my children's bowel movements with.
Bright blood in the stools is normally a sign of damage near the anus, if not from a tear in the anus. If there's just a bit, and just once, I wouldn't worry, just keep an eye out for more of it. It sounds like a side-effect of constipation, and pretty normal.
I'd try to sort the constipation and watch for more blood. Damage at that end of the digestive system, from what I know, is fairly common and not too big a deal. It's dark blood, from higher up the system, that's more scary.
Have you done the whole festive thing foodwise? It's just that we've had real pooing problems this week. Every poo has been a real song and dance. We didn't ever disect any of the poos, though, so I can't tell you if ours were bloody too. I blame the brussel sprouts!
Festive food does tend to be high-fat, low-fibre, and hence constipating. Prunes, dried apricots, grapes, cherries, any fruit really, other than bananas, are great for sorting constipation, along with lots of fluid.
Keeping mobile also helps, which is another reason why the festive season is so hard on the gut. Bad weather and lots of telly!
Well I felt obliged to read this thread, suze, as it's you but I feel a little queasy now (queasy non-envy face). Glad the little mite is feeling better now - agree with all, plenty of water and fruit (beetroot always gets things moving with us...)