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News from Baby Medical Q&A, Issue #031
April 01, 2009

New Questions and Answers

Question:

I've noticed a couple of times in the last couple of weeks that my toddler (he's 2.5 yrs) has had bowel movements that were red in colour. He seems fine though in respects to behaviour, eating and drinking normally and pooing and peeing regularly and in great spirits and playing. Just he gets red stool every now and then. Should I be concerned or what could be the cause of this.

Answer: Generally, blood in the stool is not a problem in children so you don't have to worry too much, particularly as everything else is normal.

If the blood is just streaks on the outside of hard poop, then it's probably a fissure. The only thing to do is soften the stool - see the constipation pages.

If there is a lot of blood, there is the possibility of a Meckel's diverticulum which would need surgical treatment although it doesn't sound urgent at the moment. If your son is having large amounts of blood passed, it would be wise to see your pediatrician soon, though.

And, of course, if your son has been eating beetroot, for example, the stools may look red. But you would be aware that he has had "red" food.

See the Blood in the Stool page for more information.

From what you say, I would just wait and see what happens.


Question: My baby girl is now 9mnths and I am still breastfeeding. I am trying to give her formula milk but she refuses it at all. I bought an expensive bottle to help but I need to go work as quickly as possible. Another thing she refuses to eat any kind of baby porridge or pure. She eats only potatoes, meat and vegetable - 3 spoons. She cannot live only on breastmilk. I am already too thin and all my clothes are too big for me now. Please Help.

Answer: Try getting someone else to feel your baby from a bottle so she can't smell your milk. You can try adding formula to her food to make it more like a puree to make sure she gets some milk. It's good she's eating vegetables and meat. Keep trying with the cereal and porridge.

It's important your baby is growing and learning new things. If she isn't growing or developing normally, see your doctor.


Question:

My 5 1/2 month old always had her tongue hanging out. Should this be a cause for concern?

Answer: If your daughter is developing normally for her age, I wouldn't be concerned. See the milestones page for more information.

Your daughter should have had a thyroid check at birth, but if not ask your pediatrician about it next time you visit.

If your daughter is behind in her milestones, see your doctor as soon as possible.


Question: I was bathing my 11 month old boy last night and I think I saw him ejaculate. Is this possible? He was very excited about splashing and playing and I saw a stringy substance floating right by his penis (looked like it came out of his penis). Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

Young children can have erections. They don't usually ejaculate. There can sometimes be a clear fluid secreted by the Cowper's glands which are at the base of the penis in the urethra. Perhaps,this is what you saw.

Answer: Young children can have erections. They don't usually ejaculate. There can sometimes be a clear fluid secreted by the Cowper's glands which are at the base of the penis in the urethra. Perhaps,this is what you saw. I wouldn't be concerned.


News and Updates

Probiotics in Infant Formulas to Prevent Allergy

A review of the literature has not found convincing evidence for the addition of probiotics to infant formulas to prevent allergy. Some studies did show a reduction in eczema in infants given probiotics but it was not a consistent result. The probiotic seen to be most effective was Lactobacillus rhamnosus. The review concluded that more studies were required.

Reference: David A Osborn, John KH Sinn. Probiotics in infants for prevention of allergic disease and food hypersensitivity Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 1, 2009 DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD006475.pub2

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