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What Causes Bloody Stool in Babies?


There are many causes of bloody stool in babies, and while it’s typically harmless, it can sometimes indicate a medical issue. Common causes include constipation, infections, food allergies, parental nipple injuries, gastrointestinal tract bleeding and urate crystals. According to Jenelle Ferry, M.D., a neonatologist and director of feeding, nutrition, and infant development at Pediatrix® Neonatology of Florida, you'll usually find that your baby is acting normally, and the amounts of blood are small. "If your baby was born prematurely or with a heart condition and is under 2 months old, it’s a good idea to check in with your doctor. If your baby has bloody stools along with fevers and is acting sick, you should seek immediate care," advised Dr. Ferry.


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