The presence of blood in the stool is often an alarming symptom for parents, and usually pediatricians are asked to see the patient right away. Below are some tips to help referring doctors assess the severity of the problem, and whether urgent referral is indicated. Even the brightest of physicians have been fooled at times. Certain dyes such as the red coloring found in some brands of juice and medications e. If a family brings a diaper in, use a guaiac test to confirm the presence of blood.
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What is Rectal Bleeding?
By Brian Joseph Miller. While rectal bleeding rarely a medical condition, Symptoms associated with rectal bleeding, including diarrhea, constipation, hemorrhoids, anal fissures, and ulcers, can be worrisome. Rectal bleeding is a scary but surprisingly common phenomenon.
Rectal bleeding refers to any blood that passes from the anus where stool, or poop, exits the body. Drinking plenty of fluids, eating foods with fiber, and exercising regularly can help treat and prevent constipation, hemorrhoids, and anal fissures. Keeping the area clean and applying ointments can relieve pain and speed healing. Rarely, a fissure doesn't heal and the doctor may recommend surgery. The conditions that cause more serious cases of rectal bleeding will be treated by doctors.