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Monday, March 10, 2014
6 mo. old with thick stools and rectal blood
My 6 month old just began eating solids a couple of weeks ago and had banana for the first time 2 days ago. He ate 3/4 of one banana one day and I gave him 1/2 of a banana the next day. I gave him a bit of formula during the night (although he is usually only breast-fed) in an effort to let Mommy get some sleep. The next day he had difficulty passing his stools, which were much thicker than normal (of course, compared to breast-fed stools). Then I noticed a bit of blood on the wipe- but realized it wasn`t from the stool, but from a small bit of skin that has torn near his anus. He is in a good mood, but continues passing very small, thick stools VERY frequently. His anal opening seems larger than normal as well. Should I go to the Doctor, just call them, or wait it out with the hope that his skin will heal with exclusive breast-feeding for a few days?
As you are already concerned, a phone call to your child's physician's practice would probably help the most. What you are describing sounds like it will resolve, but without the ability to examine your child, I cannot reassure you as well as someone who knows him and his health history.
Michael Spigarelli, MD, PhD
Formerly, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati