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What causes black tar stools in a baby?

my baby is 1.5 mnths old.she has been having diarrea,vomiting,and fever for past 4 days.her stool consisted of mucus like sticky substance.on consulting doctor she was diagonised having gastro enteritis and was given antibiotics for 5 days.today is the 5th day and she is much better now.no fever or vomiting.just loose stools for 3 times a day.but today morning i noticed black tar like substance in her stool.got worried on seeing this.what does it mean?pls help.
Tue, 24 Nov 2015
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Hi...by what you quote the black tarry substance in the stool could be an altered blood speck. The point now is as to know where it is originating from.

A 1.5 months old baby with blood in stools - the strongest possibility to be considered is cow's milk protein allergy. Infective diarrhea will come last in the line of diagnoses in such an young infant.

I suggest you get back to your pediatrician with this tips and get it worked up.

Regards - Dr. Sumanth
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