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Bloody stool

M son he was born 2.5 months early. He is 3 months old now. He was on breast milk in the beginning with no issues and now he has bloody stool. The doctor tested him for milk and soy allergy and it came back negative. Also he does have a lip tie but dentist said it’s not bad and won’t operate on it. So my doctor has him on hypoallergenic formula but I want him back on breast milk. Any one else have this happen with them?

  • anonymous mom
    Sep 06, 2018

    How did your doctor test for milk and soy allergy? It sounds as if they are testing for a “true” allergy (an immune response), but in reality your baby may just have a milk and soy intolerance. We had this exact same issue and it came up at almost the same age (my daughter was 2.5 months but born at term). I never saw blood in her stool but almost overnight her stools turned mucusy and not just normal loose (more very wet, practically diarrhea). I took her to the dr and they tested her stool and found traces of blood. The pediatrician told me that blood in the stool is not a true allergy, but actually an intolerance. The major food groups that babies are intolerant to were cow dairy protein and soy protein. Since I had a fairly dairy heavy diet at the time I fed her Similac Alimentum for 48 hours while cutting out all dairy and soy from my diet. The dairy and soy proteins can stay in our bloodstream (and hence our breastmilk) for up to two weeks but after 48 hours I hoped/assumed a large amount of it had cleared. I continued to bring in dirty diapers to the office for testing every 3-4 days and after being on the restricted diet for 12 days there was no more blood detected and her stools returned to normal. I had to continue on the restriction diet until she was about 10.5 months when we tested her again. Now she eats dairy just fine (and thank the good lord, I can have my blessed cheese once again).

  • anonymous mom
    Sep 06, 2018

    Ps, he’s beautiful! ❤️😍

  • Morgan
    Sep 06, 2018

    Yes he has had his shots. Also I am same way I have a heavy dairy diet. Also thank you!!

  • Morgan
    Sep 06, 2018

    I have him in the formula. And hear a there maybe once a day I have him on my breast for just little bit of my milk

  • anonymous mom
    Sep 06, 2018

    I only asked about the shots because two days before it happened she had her two month vaccines. She struggled really bad with swallowing the oral rota virus one and acted for several days after like it hurt to swallow. I always wondered if it somehow caused gastro upset and if it somehow triggered the intolerance, like if it upset her system and if that caused some ruptures in her gastrointestinal tract and somehow triggered the intolerance. My pediatrician actually conceded and didn’t make me get her remaining rota vaccine boosters since it’s not a required one for schools or daycares.

  • Tracy
    Sep 06, 2018

    With regards to the lip tie, my son had one as well that attached to his gums between his two front teeth. It did not affect his ability to latch, so we didn’t do anything about it initially. We asked about it at his 12mon check up, and the our pediatrician said that it wasn’t worth clipping because most kids end up falling and tearing it before they get old enough for it to affect their speech. Sure enough last month, a month after the appt, he slipped and fell climbing out of the sand box at the park, and it tore. It hurt right after the fall, but he was in no pain an hour later.

  • anonymous mom
    Sep 06, 2018

    If you still really want him on breastmilk I would try cutting out all dairy and soy from your diet and see if it improves!!

  • Morgan
    Sep 06, 2018

    He took his shots fine. Also he did the blood tests for the allergy.

  • Morgan
    Sep 06, 2018

    Thank you Tracy. And also Julie.. the doctor said to just keep him on the formula till he hits about 6 months and by then hopefully he can fully go back on my breast milk

  • anonymous mom
    Sep 06, 2018

    Ok so your pediatrician was checking for a true allergy. From everything I read and learned about this, there is no test for an intolerance, it is just something you find out by the blood in the stools. An allergy would present itself as a bad rash, swelling, etc. I’m not an expert but I read about this endlessly and from what I gathered the blood in the stool is an intolerance and they grow out of it and eventually can go back to eating dairy (usually somewhere between 9 months to 3 years).

  • anonymous mom
    Sep 06, 2018

    Good luck to you!!! If it continues to be an issue or if you want a second opinion, you can ask to see a pediatric gastroenterologist. If her blood hadn’t cleared in 2 weeks, that was our next step.

  • Linz
    Sep 06, 2018

    How did he test him? My baby have had the same thing happen to him at that age, I asked if he can be tested, but both the pediatrician and the GI said there no test for babies this small, and blood testa will not be accurate. But they both agreed I should continue with breastmilk with trying to cut possible allergens, I started with all dairy, then I had to cut out eggs and soy too. They said if the bloody stool continued the next thing to cut was wheat and nuts. Breastmilk has substances in it that helps heal your babies guts! It will be hard as hell grt your baby back on the boob at 6 months. So if you plan on breastfeeding, cut out all allergens from your diet and wait, it takes a couple of weeks for your body to cleanse itself from dairy protien. Our doctors adviced to still breatfeed while that happens. 2.5 weeks later my baby was doing great. I wiuld advice you to get a second openion from a pro breastfeeding doctor!