What does the presence of blood in stool of an infant indicate?
I have a 3 month old son, he has been on formula for almost two and a half months now. 10-12 days ago he he had diarrhea with blood which lasted a week and my pediatrician gave him antibiotic called cefspan. He was also being given protectis - probiotic drops.
His bowel movements then went back to normal. Today he started to have loose motions again - the same diarrhea like but there is no blood yet. I am scared that the incident will repeat itself and I have started protectis again for seven days 5 drops daily. As far as his bottle-cleaning and water/formula hygiene is concerned, I follow everything by the books. I wash all the bottles myself, use boiled water, sterilize the bottles every time they are washed with a steam sterilizer. What should I do to avoid diarrhea? IS it possible that his formula is acting up after 3 months of usage? Should I try changing that?
Hello. I just read through your question.
Blood in the stool of formyla fed babies can sometimes be an indication of milk-protein allergy. I understand that there has not been any blood seen this time. I also agree with the use of probitotics in any case. However, the return of the diarrhea would have me at least think about milk protein allergy. In this case, a formula change is often the answer. It sounds like your pediatrician was thinking bacterial infection last time. This email s a legitimate diagnosis as well.
However, I recommend bringing up this possibility with your pediatrician and seeing what the response is. A stool sample can be sent to rye lab to help make a diagnosis.
I can discuss with my doctor about this but if it was and is a bacterial infection - how is he taking it orally? Again I wash bottles, sterilize them properly and keep my hands clean.
Also, I am worried because this seems to be a recurring problem and there is something wrong with either my practice or the formula. Would changing bottles help?
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