Have you noticed any change in your baby’s poop of late?
Are you worried that the change in the poop could mean some health issue that your baby is facing?
Is your baby showing any other signs of discomfort or any changes overall that are making you worried?
Sometimes, it can be difficult for parents to spot signs of health conditions in babies, especially if the symptoms are not very regular or known. Today, we talk about why it is important to check your baby’s poop and what any change than what you notice on a regular basis could mean. We are talking about melena and what could cause it in babies, as well as how to identify whether or not your baby has it. We also talk about whether this is a serious issue and when you need to get your baby to the doctor.
Melena does not occur often in babies. In the cases when it does affect babies, it often usually occurs if the babies have swallowed blood at the time of the delivery.
If your baby has melena, make sure to take a look at the poop each time to see if you notice any of the following signs and symptoms:
While melena is not very common in babies, it can still be possible for babies to suffer from melena. Here are some of the reasons that could cause melena in babies:
Make sure that your baby is always well hydrated by offering other fluids such as water if your baby is more than 6 months old.
Add healthy and fibrous foods to your baby’s diet such as legumes, green vegetables, fresh fruits and more.
It is but natural that if you notice any blood in your baby’s stool, it is bound to make you immensely worried. However, while not all spotting may be due to a case of melena, it is important that you keep checking your baby’s stool to know when to take your baby to the doctor. If you notice any of the following or see any of this in your baby, make sure to immediately speak to your baby’s pediatrician and get an appointment done soon.
Call your baby’s doctor if:
Get your baby immediate medical attention if:
You should immediately get your baby medical and professional help in case you suspect your baby does have melena, even if you have noticed a very tiny amount of blood in the stool.